Average Slovak Christmas tree shelters 15 gifts
People like decorating their Christmas trees with homemade ornaments.
One half of Slovaks buy Christmas gifts in December. While children most often receive toys, perfumes and cosmetics are the most frequent presents for adults. A survey by Unilever has found that every sixth Christmas gift is a cosmetics product.
Even though presents should not be a main theme of Christmas, as many as one third of Slovaks associate Christmas with them. Approximately the same number of the respondents associates Christmas with its spiritual aspect.
Clothing most desired Christmas gift
Every third Slovak would like to find clothing under the Christmas tree. One fifth of the population would like to get a book or perfume. Everyday cosmetics, jewellery or watches would please Slovaks as well, as a November survey of TNS SK focusing on Christmas behaviour of Slovak consumers shows. Young people up to 29 years old would like to get CDs and DVDs, mobile phones, cameras, computers, everyday and sports clothes, while people above 60 years of age prefer vitamins. Works of art, consumer electronics, DIY tools, jewellery and watches will please people in the 30 to 59-year-old category.
Women would like to see luxury cosmetics, books, jewellery and watches under the tree; DIY tools, cameras, computers and computer games, CDs and DVDs will delight men.
Most Slovaks bake vanilla rolls
Vianočka (up) and linecké kolieska (down)...
...remain popular Christmas pastries in Slovak households.
photo: Zuzana Habšudová
By Jana Liptáková