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78% say spending time with family is what they want most this Christmas

For those poised to get up early on Friday with a credit card at the ready, you can breathe a sigh of relief and crawl back under the duvet. It seems Brits have discovered the real meaning of Christmas and it isn’t the biggest tree, most expensive presents and commercial extravagance we’re exposed to that matters. A recent survey by has found that 98% of us say it’s the thought that counts rather than how much has been spent on a gift.

It seems festive family rows might also be a Christmas myth - 78% say spending time with family is what they want most this Christmas and for 36% it’s about sharing good food.

Although we clearly enjoy the sense of occasion - 56% have decorations up by early December - 29% of us have already taken them down by New Year’s Day. It also seems that the Christmas card is firmly on the decline in this technology driven age we now live in – 62% now send less than 30 cards.

Christmas traditions are also somewhat surprising, nearly 1/3 open their presents in the afternoon, rather than the morning. Perhaps some have enjoyed a festive lie in? It seems that only 18% of us watch the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day and nearly as many (14%) tune in to the Eastenders’ Christmas special.

There are however some traditions we aren’t prepared to break - not swayed by duck, goose or a bird inside a bird, 64% tuck in to a festive turkey. A whopping 76% also enjoy a serving of sprouts alongside, whether they like them or not. Christmas cake isn’t high on the agenda - 40% of us don’t bother and 35% aren’t fans of a Christmas pud either – surprising as this ranks as the most popular Christmas dinner dessert. The Yule log beats trifle in the ideal after dinner treat department too – 22% enjoy Yule log after their dinner, while only 16% scoff a sherry trifle.

Post lunch it’s time to spend quality time with the family – 60% of us get out the games for some family fun. Then it’s all over for another it time to take the decorations down?


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