Holiday Wishes, In a Word

Family. Peace. Happiness. Love. Health.

These were some of the fundamental holiday hopes shared by hundreds of New York residents who spoke with reporters. We’d already pumped them for basic info about holiday spending patterns, job status, and whether or not they had health insurance. But then we asked a question that aimed deeper – “What would you most like for the holidays, in a word?”

This being New York, the responses were not all so idealistic. For some, the holiday word was “clothes” or “manicure” or “bicycle” or just plain “money.” And of course, there were plenty who said “iPad” and “iPhone.” Click on the image above to see more.

And you can tell us what your word is, plus share other info, by taking our survey.

NYCity Snapshot: Spending Takes a Holiday


Reporters from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism hit city streets, asking residents, “How will the economy affect your holidays plans?”

A majority of those surveyed said they planned to spend less this year than last on presents, holiday celebrations and travel.

Explore an interactive mosaic of multimedia responses, using the filters to slice and dice the results. Add your responses by taking our online survey. And check back soon to view a “word cloud” of your answer to the question, “What would you most like for the holidays?”