The 20 Christmas traditions that we're no longer doing

The 20 Christmas traditions that we're no longer doing


Posted 23rd November

For some of us, a post-Christmas dinner walk is a staple - however, for the majority of people, it's simply another festive tradition that is fading into obscurity.

Research has revealed that a number of Christmas traditions are coming to an end, primarily because of the time and financial pressure involved, along with a desire to ensure they don't appear 'old fashioned'.

A total of 2,000 adults participated in the survey, with over half saying they thought old traditions are falling out of favour.

In fact, only 65 per cent are planning to put a Christmas tree up, while only a third are planning to hang a wreath on their door.

Interestingly, one in four will even go so far as to have a Christmas dinner without the full trimmings, while only seven in 10 are planning to give and receive gifts.

A spokesperson for British Corner Shop - who conducted the study - said: "Our research found there are lots of classic traditions that appear to be falling by the wayside."

"In fact, what we consider to be ‘traditional’ Christmas customs may no longer have a place at the Christmas of the future."

"However, where old traditions die off, new ones are coming up to take their place – and there are still lots of old traditions that are as popular as ever."

In total, there are just under eight in 10 adults who believe there are fewer interactions around Christmas as a result of the dip in the number of Christmas activities.

The 20 traditions in decline, along with the percentage who still do them are:

1. Send a letter to Father Christmas through the fire - 5%
2. Christingle - 5%
3. Drink eggnog - 5%
4. Put a sixpence or penny in a Christmas pudding - 7%
5. Going out to sing Christmas Carols - 7%
6. Decorate a gingerbread house - 7%
7. Donate a shoebox to charity (typically containing sweets, clothing items, pens etc) - 11%
8. Watch a James Bond film - 11%
9. Set fire to the Christmas pudding - 13%
10. Go to the Christmas pantomime - 13%
11. Hang mistletoe - 14%
12. Give a tip to your postman or binman - 14%
13. Have a nativity scene - 14%
14. Put holly and ivy up - 15%
15. Leave a mince pie and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer - 19%
16. Have a real Christmas tree - 20%
17. Drink mulled wine - 23%
18. Watch The Queen's Speech - 25%
19. Put a stocking out - 29%
20. Go for a post-Christmas dinner walk - 29%






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