A poll of 1,000 UK adults carried out by etailer Christmas Tree World has revealed that despite the tradition of putting up the Christmas tree 12 days before Christmas Day on December 13, 8% of respondents have put their Christmas decorations up already. But more than one in 10 said 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, 56% said 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 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.
Stephen Evans, managing director of 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.”
Christmas Tree World is a UK etailer of premium artificial Christmas trees at www.christmastreeworld.co.uk