MORE THAN 5 million British adults have confessed to having their Christmas decorations up already.
A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by e-tailer Christmas Tree World has revealed 57% say they do not follow the 12 days of Christmas tradition, while 12% say they are not familiar with what the tradition involves.
Despite the classic practice of putting up the Christmas tree 12 days before Christmas Day on 13th December, almost 1 in 10 (8%) of the UK population (5,251,200) admitted their Christmas decorations are up already.
A further 2.6 million will erect their Christmas tree before 1st December.
Yet, more than 1 in 10 say they won’t put up any decorations at all.
When quizzed on the types of decorations that will go up in their homes this year, more than half (56%) of Brits say this year they will opt for an artificial tree over the real deal (17%). This is in keeping with the trend of Brits wanting to have their trees up for longer, which of course a real Christmas tree does not allow due to its lifespan.
A further 7% said they will have an alternative Christmas tree such as a blossom tree or twig tree this year.
Not only are real trees declining in popularity as 49% of those decorating their homes for the festive season claim tinsel is a no go, suggesting that while Brits are keen to start enjoying their decorations, they are keeping it classy and modern.
Stephen Evans, managing director at Christmas Tree World commented: “While following traditions is part of the magic of Christmas, the ritual of putting up the tree just 12 days before the big day is one that is slowly fading out.
“We’re seeing Christmas appear earlier in shops every year, so it’s only natural that many are embracing Christmas in their homes sooner with some putting up their Christmas decorations as early as September.
“It’s also fascinating to see so many households are opting for artificial trees over the real deal, but it makes sense as real trees have a lifespan of just 24 days in a centrally heated house, which doesn’t suit the needs of many UK families.”