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Decorating the tree tops Christmas traditions survey


By Alan Beresford

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WITH festivities commencing across the nation, people surprisingly want to celebrate the time of the year at home, as research has revealed the UK’s most popular Christmas traditions in 2021.

The most popular festive tradition is decorating the tree at home, with a staggering 64 per cent choosing this as their most beloved tradition, closely followed by snuggling down and watching Christmas films (61 per cent).

In fact, the most popular Christmas traditions were all at-home festive activities. Of those who have favourite Christmas traditions, buying festive pyjamas and bedding (17 per cent), Christmas crafts (14 per cent), and watching the Queen’s speech (11 per cent) proved more popular than out of home festivities such as watching nativity plays (eight per cent) and visiting Santa (nine per cent).

The survey of 1000 UK adults, from Happy Linen Company, revealed that people aged 25-34 are the homeliest age group at Christmas, with nearly a third (31 per cent) saying that injecting festive fun throughout their home by buying Christmas bedding and festive pyjamas is a favourite Christmas tradition of theirs.

It appears that this year will see the nation making up for last year’s lost festivities, as Brits are spending on average £254.20 more on celebrating Christmas traditions this year, compared to 2020.

Young people are really splashing out on the celebrations, with the average 18-24-year-old planning to spend an impressive £340 more this year.

Mark Green, Head of Procurement at Happy Linen Company, said: “The traditions we forge, throughout our childhood and as adults, are what makes Christmastime so magical.

"Traditions bring together the whole family and bond different generations, which is why it’s no surprise that so many Brits treasure these activities and furthermore favour at-home traditions.

“Despite the pandemic, and the impact this has had on the nation, it’s interesting to see that Brits still plan to enjoy and typically prefer at-home festive activities. Whether that’s decorating the entire home, watching Christmas classics, or trying new crafts, there is no better place for the nation to feel festive than at home.”


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