Few Russians celebrate Western-style Christmas – poll

File Photo of Typical American Christmas Dinner Table

(Interfax – December 25, 2012)

Only 7 percent of Russians celebrate Western-style Christmas, according to a Levada Center survey obtained by Interfax.

The indicator stood at 5 percent in 2011, 6 percent in 2006, and 19 percent in 2003.

It seems Russians are bracing for the long New Year holiday season, Levada Center said.

The majority of Russians celebrating Western-style Christmas are people younger than 25 (11 percent), people with a secondary education (9 percent), Muscovites (16 percent), unemployed people (14 percent), housewives and specialists (13 percent).

Catholics and many other Christian religions, including Orthodox, celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25. The Russian, Serbian, Jerusalem and Georgian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7.