The Journal Gazette
Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:20 am

Survey says almost half of Americans dreading holidays

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

File this one under D for Duh!

A recently released Consumer Reports survey found that almost half of Americans are looking forward to the holidays less this year than they were last year.

Do people really get paid to research the obvious? Apparently, they do.

Consumer Reports, the nonprofit research, testing and advocacy organization, surveyed 2,001 adults from Oct. 27 to Nov. 11. 

Researchers found 46% of the respondents are dreading the holidays. Within that group, 60% said "it's because COVID-19 will cause many of their cherished holiday traditions to be changed or canceled," according to a news release. Another 52% in that group said the viral outbreak will prevent them from visiting family and friends.

Isn't this survey the equivalent of rushing up to someone with severe injuries and asking if they're all right?

No, we're not all right. Thank you for asking.

Let's be real with each other: This is hard.

The short days and long, dark nights of winter are upon us, and we can't get together with some of the people we love the most.

Honestly, I'm suspicious of the 54% of survey respondents who said they aren't dreading the upcoming holidays.

I'm consoling myself with the belief that our lives won't be like this a year from now ... even though there have been some lockdown highlights. My husband and I fell in love with the Canadian comedy "Schitt's Creek," the series that stars Eugene and Dan Levy and swept this fall's Emmy Awards.

Vaccines are on the way, and I'll be happy to roll up my sleeve as soon as I'm eligible for one.

In the meantime, I'll be entertaining myself by pouring a glass of wine and going online to shop for "Schitt's Creek" merch.

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