HOW QUIRKY OR COMMON ARE YOUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS?

Whether you’ve had your decorations up for weeks already or are waiting until later in December before you get into the festive swing, we all have our own personal Christmas traditions, but how many of us follow the same ones?

Over a fifth (21%) of people in the UK are planning on putting their Christmas decorations up earlier this year in order to get into the festive spirit and three in ten (31%) have already started preparing for Christmas, with 20% of us admitting we’re starting earlier than we normally do.

More than half (51%) of us always have a traditional Christmas Day lunch of turkey and trimmings, 41% of us say our Christmas isn’t complete without a mince pie and 16% always have a Christmas pudding which never gets eaten.

However, there are some quirkier or less common traditions some of us share. 19% of families wait to open their Christmas presents until after their Christmas Day meal, while 11% open their presents on Christmas Eve.

14% of families say both adults and children in their household hang Christmas stockings at the end of their beds and 11% go for a long family walk on Christmas morning. One in 10 (10%) of us even drink eggnog on Christmas day!

The nostalgic familiarity these traditions conjure up might be the reason we continue with them to this day. In fact, the nation’s top three favourite Christmas traditions from childhood are decorating the Christmas tree (53%), having a traditional Christmas Day lunch (53%) and pulling Christmas crackers and telling the jokes inside (36%).

With so many of us having to embrace change this year, we’re also open to doing something new this Christmas too as 12% of people in the UK say they are planning on creating new Christmas traditions this year.