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Christmas traditions still important for families

Is your Christmas tree decorated perfectly or have you allowed your children to be more involved this year?


According to a study, 64 per cent of British families will celebrate the festive season with their own family-specific traditions, such as leaving the tree decoration to the children.

Egmont Publishing, the publisher of Winnie-the-Pooh stories, have compiled a list of the most important family traditions to take part in.

A poll of 2,000 people found that singing carols and getting dressed in your best clothes for Christmas lunch are British festivities that need to be preserved for future generations.

It found almost eight in 10 people are looking forward to the festive season, but that classics such as roasting chestnuts are at risk of losing favour to more modern pursuits.

According to the survey sending Christmas cards and going for a family walk together on Christmas Day are traditions most families like to keep up.

Dr Martin Johnes, from the department of history and classics at Swansea University, said: “Wearing your ‘best’ clothes and giving fruit and nuts in stockings both have their origins before the Second World War.

“Although satsumas are still given because it links parents with their own childhood, the pre-war tradition of putting a lucky lump of coal in children’s stockings has disappeared.

“Many Christmas traditions are imports from America, but Christmas cards are one that Britain gave to the world.”

The Royal family will also be keeping with tradition this year as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending church with their children.

In a recent interview Prince William said that his son Prince George will be bouncing around like a “rabbit” on Christmas Eve.

Speaking to The Big Issue Magazine he said that he and Catherine were unlikely to get any sleep thanks to an excitable Prince George.

William said his two-year-old now understands the significance of Christmas Day for the first time this year.

It will be the Cambridge’s first Christmas as a family of four as Princess Charlotte was born in May.

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