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Description: OK, so as we are heading into the holiday season you will likely have run across many media references to what people’s reaction to the holidays tells us about them. It is likely, however, that few if any of those articles will actually have based what they present in real psychological research. So, in a scientific spirit here is a “Christmas Spirit quiz” with results that are linked to actual psychological research data (with references posted at the bottom, below).

Source: Do you have Christmas spirit? Personality quiz. Ben Ambridge, The Guardian.

Date: December 18, 2016

Photo Credit:  Ben Birchal/PA

Links:  Article Link –

So were you surprised by any of the research results noted in the article linked above? Best to point out that Psychology does not really take holidays. Rather, psychologists watch to see how people react to holidays and what they entail.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What were several of the holiday related research finding discussed in the article?
  2. Did you find any of the research results noted in the linked article surprising?
  3. Why is it that there are so many research results about people’s reactions or responses to Christmas available?

References (Read Further):

Merckelbach, H., & van de Ven, V. (2001). Another White Christmas: fantasy proneness and reports of ‘hallucinatory experiences’ in undergraduate students. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 32(3), 137-144.’hallucinatory_experiences’_in_undergraduate_students/links/0fcfd509c2005e6fa3000000.pdf

Kasser, T., & Sheldon, K. M. (2002). What makes for a merry Christmas?. Journal of Happiness Studies, 3(4), 313-329.

Martijn, C., Pasch, S., & Roefs, A. (2016). Sweet Christmas: Do overweight and obese children associate special events more frequently with food than normal weight children?. Appetite, 96, 426-431.

Lau, D. C. (2011). Christmas, Santa Claus, sugarplums and the Grinch. Canadian journal of diabetes, 5(35), 484-485.

Waldfogel, J. (1993). The dead-weight loss of Christmas. The American Economic Review, 83(5), 1328-1336.

Werner, C. M., Peterson-Lewis, S., & Brown, B. B. (1989). Inferences about homeowners’ sociability: Impact of Christmas decorations and other cues. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 9(4), 279-296.