While a lot of people look forward to the holidays because it’s their chance to get to see extended family, for a lot of people that won’t be happening this year, which is putting a damper on the season.
A new survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Omaha Steaks, finds:
- 60% of Americans say they likely won’t see their loved ones at all over the holiday season.
- 41% plan to skip their usual extended family holiday gatherings.
- The main reason is an obvious one, with 86% saying keeping their family safe and healthy is their main priority this season.
- For 57% of people, it will be the first time they’ve missed a family gathering.
- While folks would like to stay connected, the idea of doing it over the computer isn’t appealing to many.
- Only a third are planning a Thanksgiving video call, and a quarter haven’t made any plans yet.
But there are some folks who see a benefit of not having their usual holiday gathering.
- 59% of people think it will allow them to be more creative with their Thanksgiving meal.
- 50% will still have a turkey on Thanksgiving, but some are looking forward to other options. They include:
- Pork/Ham (33%)
- Chicken (33%)
- Prime Rib (32%)
- Roast (32%)
- Steak (26%)
- Fish or seafood (25%)
- Vegetarian option (13%)