Three in 10 Brits are eager to spend Christmas overseas – to get pleasure from new traditions

Three in 10 Brits say they want to spend Christmas overseas – to expertise festive traditions from different cultures, a research has discovered.

Some of the rituals they’re most intrigued by embrace the New Zealand routine of tucking right into a barbeque on Christmas Day, as an alternative of a full turkey meal, and the Danish development of dancing round your Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

Traditions from Finland have additionally piqued their curiosity, comparable to having fun with a sauna on Christmas Eve, or discovering a hidden almond in a bowl of porridge.

And high of the intriguing worldwide festivities record is the Icelandic development referred to as “Jolabokaflod”, the place books are given or obtained on Christmas Eve.

It comes as analysis of two,000 adults, who have fun the festive season, reckon that different nations have fun Christmas higher than we do within the UK – with Germany, Norway, and even the USA topping this record.

And 16% really feel Christmas is the right time to start out a “new” custom – with 22% having already celebrated this time of yr in a unique nation.

Three in 10 want to go to a unique nation for Christmas, to expertise festive traditions from different cultures

However, with regards to marking the season at house, it appears festive Brits would somewhat follow older, basic traditions – comparable to placing up a Christmas tree, snacking on mince pies, and sending Christmas playing cards.

Six in 10 get pleasure from these rituals greater than fashionable traditions – with 27% saying “Elf on the Shelf” is the newer routine that they dislike essentially the most.

Meanwhile, a fifth flip their nostril up at getting new pyjamas for the entire household to put on, and different dislike the concept of sending a Christmas want record to Santa through e mail.

Other much-loved older Christmas traditions embrace receiving a stocking, going to see a pantomime, and consuming turkey on Christmas Day, had been among the many most-loved British festive traditions.

Visiting a Christmas market, carol singing, and leaving milk and cookies out for Santa, additionally made the “nice” record of Christmas actions.

A spokesman for bakery model, St Pierre, which commissioned the analysis, mentioned: “For numerous households, maintaining with Christmas traditions is a vital a part of the season, and it’s what makes this time of yr so particular.

And over 1 / 4 of Brits admit they cannot stand the fashionable ‘Elf on the Shelf’ custom

“However, there are some modern customs which have made their way into people’s homes over recent years. It’s been interesting to see the nation’s take on these, and even more interesting to hear which global dining traditions Brits would most like to adopt.”

When evaluating nations, a 3rd of these polled (32%) consider our festive customs are principally impressed by different cultures, somewhat than being authentic.

And the research, carried out through OnePoll, discovered one in three get pleasure from any rituals that contain meals or household recipes, with 36% claiming that almost all of what they do at house revolves round this.

Meanwhile, 21% have their very own rituals outdoors of what’s thought-about “typical” – though 24% declare they participate in sure issues every year as a result of they really feel like they must, and nearly half (48%) admitted they nonetheless perform a few of their household heritages that they skilled as a toddler.

The spokesman for St Pierre added: “It’s great to see food coming in as the number one thing people most enjoy about Christmas – and it’s no wonder, as not only is it the perfect time to indulge, but it’s also a special time for making memories.

“Food is more than a meal on your plate – it’s the nostalgia of growing up, the family recipes that come out once a year, and a wonderful way to bring people together, no matter where we are in the world.”


  1. Christmas timber
  2. Eating turkey on Christmas Day
  3. Mince pies
  4. Christmas playing cards
  5. Christmas markets
  6. Crackers (with prizes in)
  7. Having a stocking
  8. Carol singing
  9. Chocolate Yule logs
  10. Leaving milk and cookies for Santa
  11. Christmas pantomimes
  12. The King’s Speech
  13. Lighting a Christmas pudding
  14. Chocolate cash in your stocking
  15. Visiting Santa’s grotto


  1. Elf on the Shelf
  2. Getting new pyjamas for the entire household to put on
  3. Emailing Santa a want record
  4. A Christmas Eve field
  5. Online Santa tracker


  1. “Jolabokaflod”, which interprets into “Christmas Book Flood”, and entails giving or receiving new books on Christmas Eve – Iceland
  2. A Christmas Day barbeque – New Zealand
  3. A Christmas Eve sauna session – Finland
  4. Making your personal creation calendars – Switzerland
  5. Celebrating “little Christmas” on December twenty third, with your personal household rituals – Norway
  6. Dancing round your Christmas tree on Christmas Eve – Denmark
  7. A baked ham, embellished with pineapple and sorrel glazes – Barbados
  8. Eating a particular meal at midnight on Christmas Eve – France
  9. Fireworks shows on December twenty fourth and twenty fifth – El Salvador
  10. Eating fried hen on Christmas Day – Japan
  11. Visiting neighbours with festive meals on New Year’s Day – Martinique
  12. Having a Pohutukawa tree, which blooms shiny crimson in December – New Zealand
  13. Getting a postcard again from Father Christmas – France
  14. Exchanging items at midnight on Christmas Eve – Brazil/Portugal
  15. Leaving sneakers by the fireside on December fifth, to seek out sweets in them the subsequent day – Germany
  16. Leaving a shoe by the chimney, to seek out treats inside on Christmas – The Netherlands
  17. The Yule Goat, when an enormous straw goat is erected in cities and cities to mark the start of the season – Sweden
  18. The “pooping log”, a log with a smiley face which will get sorted by youngsters within the lead-up to Christmas, earlier than smacking it with a stick and singing on Christmas Eve to disclose treats positioned at its rear finish – Catalonia, Barcelona
  19. A household “cookout”, referred to as “braaing” – South Africa
  20. Finding a hidden almond within the porridge – Finland