With the first rounds of office Christmas parties in full swing, the party season is officially here – bringing festive cheer and traditions and new old into play.
However, a recent study from the British Corner Shop has found that some of our most cherished and beloved are quickly being either neglected or forgotten.
Age-old traditions like hiding a penny in a Christmas pudding, enjoying a glass of eggnog and even carol singing are beginning to ‘fall by the wayside.’
Statistics from the study show that one in four of us won’t enjoy a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings this year, with seven out of ten of us planning to take part in the tradition of gift and receiving of gifts.
A spokeswoman from the British Corner Shop said: ‘Our research found that what we consider to be “traditional” Christmas customs may no longer have a place in the Christmas of the future.’
Sadly, traditions do die off, and with only five per cent taking part in the advent service of Christingle and fewer than one in ten of the study looking to take part in the carolling season.
Christmas traditions that are fading away
And the percentage of the public who’ll adopt them this year
Send a letter to Father Christmas through the fire – 5 per cent
Christingle – 5 per cent
Drink eggnog – 5 per cent
Put a sixpence or penny in a Christmas pudding – 7 per cent
Going out to sing Christmas carols – 7 per cent
Decorate a gingerbread house – 7 per cent
Donate a shoebox to charity – 11 per cent
Watch a James Bond film – 11 per cent
Set fire to the Christmas pudding – 13 per cent
Go to the Christmas pantomime – 13 per cent
Hang mistletoe – 14 per cent
Give a tip to your postman or binman – 14 per cent
Have a nativity scene – 14 per cent
Put holly and ivy up – 15 per cent
Leave a mince pie and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer – 19 per cent
Have a real Christmas tree – 20 per cent
Drink mulled wine – 23 per cent
Watch The Queen’s Speech – 25 per cent
Put a stocking out – 29 per cent
Go for a post-Christmas dinner walk – 29 per cent
However, whilst older traditions fade, new ones are gaining popularity with a fifth of the study showing that a fifth of people will be taking part in a Secret Santa, and three in ten loving the novelty a playful Christmas jumper to bring to the party season.
The study showed that the majority of respondents believe that modern traditions are coming into prominence year on year and that ‘as the years go by, Christmas gets less special’ – the study found that Christmas spirit peaks at the age of 14.
However, it’s not all bad news – the study concludes that, the real joy of the Christmas season is how it’s ‘made up of a patchwork of traditions, nothing is more vital to the experience than friends and family gathering together.’ And that’s one tradition that will never fade away!