METRO ONLINE, NOVEMBER 22, 2018
COVERAGE FOR IDEAL HOME SHOW CHRISTMAS
Millennials are ruthlessly killing all your favourite Christmas traditions
Marmalade, fabric softener, lunch – what will millennials heartlessly tear apart next?
Well, the very essence of Christmas, apparently.
Our generation is responsible for the death of a number of longstanding Christmas traditions, according to a new study from Ideal Home Show. A survey of 2,000 British people found that just 6% of us will be going carol singing this Christmas, only 9% will roast chestnuts, and just a dismal 16% plan to kiss under mistletoe.
Cruel, cruel millennials, refusing to scream ‘BETHLEHEM, BETHLEHEM’ at strangers.
Those disrespectful millennials, making delicious gingerbread treats rather than Googling how one goes about cooking chestnuts or begging their nearest florist for a sprig of mistletoe.
Those aren’t the only routines we’re tearing apart with our sharp, relentless millennial teeth. We’ve also killed off making paper chains (only one in ten of us make them, horror of horrors), watching the Queen’s speech (78% of us don’t plan on watching it! A travesty!), eating gammon, lighting Christmas puddings on fire (12% of us plan to do this. What are the rest of us heathens going to do? Eat a cake that isn’t going up in flames?), and hiding silver coins in our food for our uncles to chip a tooth on.
It’s almost as though times have changed and people are letting go of the traditions they no longer enjoy so they can have a more fun Christmas. Shocking.
Thankfully Christmas won’t be all about doing the memes or putting Snapchat filters on the baby Jesus, or whatever millennials do for fun.
There are some traditions that have stuck around. 74% of those surveyed said they’d rather send out hand-written Christmas cards, which is quite sweet, and 60% said they’ll be tucking into mince pies this festive season.
Perhaps we can celebrate Christmas full of festive spirit and joy, rather than surrounded by the carcases of concepts slain by millennials intent on destroying the old ways.
Stick on a party hat, swap presents, and lure millennials into the fun of Christmas with the promise of monogrammed stockings on the fireplace and avocados instead of clementines.
We can get through Christmas in harmony, promise. Just don’t bring up the housing market.
21 Christmas traditions that have fallen out of favour:
- Go carol singing- (only 6% will do this for Christmas)
- Hide a silver coin in your Christmas pudding – 6%
- Giving gifts to the postman – 8%
- Roasting chestnuts – 9%
- Going to a carol service on Christmas Eve – 11%
- Lighting a brandy-soaked Christmas pudding – 12%
- Having chestnut stuffing with Christmas lunch – 13%
- Having mistletoe around the house – 14%
- Hanging holly and ivy in the house – 15%
- Kissing under the mistletoe – 16%
- Watching a pantomime – 16%
- Making decorations by hand – 16%
- Making a Christmas cake – 19%
- Cooking a gammon for Boxing Day – 21%
- Having a real Christmas tree – 22%
- Leaving a mince pie out for Father Christmas – 23%
- Hanging stockings over the fireplace – 24%
- Going on a Boxing Day walk – 28%
- Lighting candles for the Christmas table – 32%
- Wearing a Christmas jumper – 41%
- Having a Boxing Day buffet – 41%