Canadian men want love for Christmas
- Women think Valentine’s Day is the worst day of the year to be single. For men, it’s Christmas Day
- Men are more likely than women to want to celebrate the holidays as a couple
- 65% of men, 50% of women think it’s a great time of year for a new partner to meet the family
- Men are more enthusiastic than women about exchanging holiday gifts
Canadian men don’t want to be single at Christmas
The survey of 400 Canadian singles asked respondents to name the day of the year when they least wanted to be single. For women, it’s simple: Valentine’s Day. For men, however, the worst day of the year to be single is Christmas Day.
The singles in the survey were also asked who they most wanted to spend time with at Christmas and, while the majority of Canadian singles (44% of men and 42% of women) chose a small family gathering as their preferred way to celebrate, men seemed almost as smitten with the idea of celebrating as a couple; 36% want to spend Christmas with a romantic partner. For women, it’s 26%.
Interestingly, the other group who want a cozy couple’s Christmas are older Canadian singles. While just 8% of those under 30 most want to be with a partner during the festive season, this percentage gets larger with age: 22% of those aged 30-40, 24% of those aged 40-50, 33% of those aged 50-60, and 42% of those aged 60+ pick a romantic partner as their ideal Christmas company.
65% of men think it is a great time of year for a new partner to meet the family
Men are also more likely than women to think of the holidays as the perfect occasion for a new partner to meet the family, with 65% agreeing that everyone being in one place makes it easy. Women were more divided: 50% agree with the men and 50% believe that there’s too much pressure at Christmas.
Men are more enthusiastic than women about exchanging holiday gifts
Canadian men’s taste for Christmas romance also outstrips women when it comes to gift-giving, with 67% of men thinking that it’s important to buy gifts for a new partner, compared with 55% of women. Men are also happier to give big gifts earlier: 13% of men (and just 6% of women) think it’s ok to gift something big, expensive, and/or meaningful within the first month of dating.
However, with 39% of women revealing that they’ve been made to feel uncomfortable in the past by being given a fancy gift too soon into a relationship, men in very new romances are urged to curb their festive enthusiasm (at least until next Christmas comes around!).
For more on this study, including a look at the Christmas traditions Canadian singles would hate to give up (even for love), please see our in-depth article