Is a key finding of the current study by Christmas. Like for 61 percent of the total of 502 respondents, this is the most beautiful aspect of the “Christmas Eve” represents the Austrians at the second choice at this time, the festive decorating (35 percent), third par follow the contemplative mood and with gifts to bring joy ( both 24 percent).
Prefer the Austrians would waive the commercialization of Christmas (38 percent), the crowded stores (32 percent), the annual stress before the holidays and already in late autumn mounted Christmas decorations (both 29 percent). The constant stream of Christmas music heard for every five to unliebsamsten things (20 percent) around the big feast.

No Christmas without “Silent Night, Holy Night”

The best German-language Christmas song is for the Austrians, “Silent Night, Holy Night” represents almost two-thirds of the respondents can not be Christmas Eve without this song simply imagine (63 percent). Also popular: “Softly Falls the Snow” with 29 percent of votes, followed by “O Tannenbaum” (19 percent), “It is the same scho Dumpa” (17 percent) and “Ave Maria” (15 percent). Among the non-German Weihnachstliedern “Last Christmas” the most polarized. The long-running musical is unchallenged in both the popular (30 percent), as well as the most unpopular (21 percent) non-German Christmas carols at the top.

Cash or vouchers under the Christmas tree

“The Austrians find Christmas prefer cash or vouchers under the Christmas tree, with the younger one with cash, the older ones with coupons makes the happiest,” says Thomas Schwabl, CEO of

Particularly in females it is on Christmas Eve do well even with the gift of excursions and trips that are also found to be high on the popularity scale of Christmas gifts (30 percent).

With a little distance follow tickets for concerts, meetings or events (21 percent) and books (20 percent) than gladly received presents. But to him building is in the favor of the Austrians still relatively far forward (15 percent). However apply wine or spirits (22 percent), household appliances (21 percent) and antiques (20 percent) as the three most annoying gifts.

Fondue, Coffee and Vanilla

Fondue (29 percent), raclette (25 percent) and fish (25 percent) are in favor of culinary Christmas very top. In each case more than one in four respondents are those courts to the favorite foods on 24 December. Boiled beef (5 percent), and vegetarian (4 percent) and Sushi (2 percent) are in contrast hardly the favorites.

For every third Austrian drinks technically allowed under any circumstances the mandatory coffee (31 percent) and then served for dinner or wine are missing (30 percent). The runners follow mulled wine (27 percent), punch (25 percent) and beer (23 percent), with women more for punch, men tend more to beer. A glass of sparkling wine favors at least one in five respondents (20 percent).

Christmas cookies are also essential: Only 5 percent of respondents say they eat basically no Christmas baking.

Cross is most popular among all age groups, the Vanilla with 60 percent popularity. Also like to be seen on Naschteller Gingerbread (31 percent), Linzer eyes (31%), rum balls (28 percent) and Kokosbusserl (23 percent). At the end of the popularity scale is Husarenkrapferl find (4 percent), rogues (3 percent) and railroad workers, for who can inspire just one percent of the respondents.