DISINFO: 40 percent of Germans do not celebrate Christmas
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: ukraina.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: November 30, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • Countries / regions discussed: Germany
Tags:
migration Christmas

DISINFO: 40 percent of Germans do not celebrate Christmas

SUMMARY

[The German] people have lost their dignity. A society where 40 percent hesitate to celebrate Christmas from an incorrectly understood concept of tolerance cannot stand up against Islamic extremism.

RESPONSE

Recurring disinformation narrative about migration and alleged threats to Christianity in Europe.

No statistics support the claim of 40 % of Germans, avoiding celebrating Christmas.

A poll conducted in 2018 found that roughly 17 million people in Germany (around 20% of the population) do not celebrate Christmas. The same poll discovered that the majority of the people not partaking in the holiday were young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, and overwhelmingly male. This group was also more likely to say that a wedding was a waste of money and to disagree with the statement that gifts are a good way to express appreciation and affection.

Immigrant families only accounted for about 20 % of respondents who told researchers that they avoid Christmas celebrations. The poll also found that Christmas remained Germany's biggest festival of the year, both in economic and personal terms.

See related disinformation claims: "Sweden cancelled Christmas TV concert not to irritate migrants", "France is banning Christmas symbols", or "In order not to aggravate people of other religions, there was no Christmas tree in Brussels".

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