"Eating lots of nice food" is one of the best things about Christmas.

Traditional treats are festive winners

“Eating lots of nice food” is one of the best things about Christmas.

Traditional treats are festive winners

That is according to a new survey of over 1,000 consumers by built-in oven manufacturer Neff, in which tucking into festive culinary treats came fourth on a list of favourite things about Christmas, picked by 71% of respondents.

Topping the poll was spending time with family and friends (94%), followed by buying presents (78%) and decorating the house (76%).

When it comes to sweet treats at Christmas, mince pies are a favourite for 82% of the UK, followed by Christmas pudding (70%), Christmas cake (63%), trifle (55%) and Yule log (54%).

However, four out of five people admitted to buying this typical Christmas fare simply because it is traditional to have it.

Almost a third of respondents have their own Christmas recipe that they make every year, with 56% saying they make or decorate a Christmas cake themselves. But we often buy too much food at this time of year, with turkey, chocolate and Christmas desserts being the main items many consumers have left over after Christmas Day.

The survey also found that the nation’s typical Christmas dinner consists of, in order of popularity: roast potatoes, gravy, stuffing, carrots, Brussels sprouts, turkey, pigs in blankets, parsnips, cranberry sauce and peas.

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