Britons want snow and seven presents for perfect Christmas Day, survey claims

Research finds adults still value traditional pine trees and classic Christmas films

Alice Hughes
Wednesday 12 December 2018 16:07
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Money was revealed to be the ideal gift for many Britons, with fragrances and books also being sought after
Money was revealed to be the ideal gift for many Britons, with fragrances and books also being sought after

Five Christmas movies, four inches of snow and three pigs in blankets have been revealed as the formula for the perfect Christmas day, according to a poll of 2,000 adults.

The ideal occasion also required receiving seven presents on average, although time also played a significant factor, with the majority of adults believing the best time to wake up is 7:56am and the optimal time to enjoy Christmas dinner is 2:33pm.

The most important aspects for an impeccable Christmas were getting all the family together, having a real tree and eating turkey, while many considered money to be the ideal gift.

A fragrance, a book and alcohol were also considered faultless gifts.

“The Christmas season is a particularly important time of the year as customers are on the hunt for the perfect gifts to impress their family and closest friends," said Sophie Barton of Marks & Spencer, which commissioned the poll.

The ultimate Christmas scent, according to one in 10, was the roast dinner cooking, as well as cinnamon and mulled wine.

When it came to entertainment, the perfect song to listen to while eating Christmas dinner was revealed as The PoguesFairytale of New York.

And the most popular film to watch on Christmas Day was Home Alone, closely followed by Miracle on 34th Street.

Every year decorations divide opinion, from colourful flashing lights to minimalist monochromatic decorations, but the survey discovered you cannot go wrong with a real tree, baubles and a wreath on the door.

A pine tree came out on top as the most popular tree of choice according to 37 per cent of respondents.

Two thirds of adults said their perfect Christmas would be spent with their partner and four in 10 would choose their own home as the location of choice to spend the day

The highlight of the day for many – dinner – had to include roast potatoes in order to be “perfect”, according to 75 per cent.

In addition, pigs in blankets, stuffing and gravy were also a must in order to create the ideal meal according to over half of respondents.

SWNS

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