Festive figures – what Brits really get up to this Christmas

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Against all odds, this Christmas looks set to be one of the biggest on record with an estimated £38 million to be forked out by UK shoppers.

But when it comes to numbers, there’s more than just how much Brits spend on their loved ones. With that in mind, sofa and flooring retailer ScS has calculated Christmas in numbers.

Before the Big Day

On top of spending on food, drink and presents, the UK donates around £50 million a year by purchasing charity Christmas cards.

Christmas cards themselves are big business, with an estimated 100 million individual cards sold and an additional 900 million sold in multipacks and by online providers, bringing in around £1.5 billion.

Moreover, the average UK adult uses seven rolls of wrapping paper every Christmas. If the average roll is two metres long, the UK will use approximately 910,000,000 metres of wrapping paper which is 565,447 miles and would go around the world 22 times.

And, when it comes to festive decorating, UK adults admit to spending on average 25 hours perfecting their Christmas style.

Christmas Eve

We all have different Christmas traditions and the nation seems divided on what to leave out as a snack for Father Christmas.

This Christmas Eve an estimated 16.2 million mince pies and 16.2 million carrots will be left out as snacks for Santa and his reindeer, however with 13 million Brits leaving a whisky and 10.4 million leaving a beer, it may be that Santa shouldn’t be in the driving seat.

Christmas morning

If you are a parent with children under 16, don’t be expecting a lie in on Christmas morning, with 67% of parents admitting they’re up before 6.30am – in fact set your alarms for 6.02am.

Christmas dinner

When it comes to stocking up the fridge for the big day, the ScS study of 1,000 UK adults reveals that Brits are set to spend an estimated £228 per household on food alone, with an additional £182 being spent on alcohol.

It may come as no surprise that plenty of seasonal favourites will be eaten over the festive period, although it seems that we are a nation with a sweet tooth, with 94% of Brits choosing to indulge in chocolates and 71% enjoying mince pies.

Christmas Day evening

The research also reveals that the average Brit will spend five hours on the sofa on Christmas Day, that’s a whopping 258,000 hours across the UK.

Whilst on the sofa people will be tuning into some festive favourites this year with soaps dominating the programmes on people’s must-watch list:

  1. Coronation Street – 34%
  2. EastEnders – 31%
  3. Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – 29%
  4. Doctor Who – 26%
  5. Queens Speech – 25%