Millennials are ditching traditional Christmas decorations – like tinsel

Tinsel, door wreaths, and poinsettias are going out of fashion, as millennials turn their backs on traditional Christmas decorations, according to a study. A study of 2,000 adults, who decorate their home for the festive season, found just 35 percent of younger adults will put up tinsel, compared to 56 percent of 55-64 year olds.

And just one in 10 millennials will have the festive poinsettia plant on display – something which is favoured by a quarter of over 65s.

Nativity scenes, traditional table centrepieces, and garlands are also seeing a downturn in popularity amount the younger generation.

Instead, millennials are turning to festive toilet roll, themed soap dispensers, toilet seat covers, and Christmas pillows.

It also emerged that while over-65s typically confine their decorations to the living room, dining room, and hallway, 11 percent of millennials are putting some festive sparkle through the entire house.

Nearly three in 10 are sprucing up their bedrooms, and 10 percent their children’s bedrooms, while one in 10 are even decorating their toilet – with 29 percent having bought festive toilet roll.

A third of all respondents (34 percent) feel the bathroom needs cheering up the most, with 13 percent claiming they would like to decorate it more at Christmas, but just don’t know how.

A spokesman from Who Gives A Crap, which commissioned the research, said: “Trends come and go in all areas of life, but it seems that’s also clear when it comes to Christmas decorations.

“The UK is finding new and playful ways to decorate more of their home at Christmas, finding more inspiration than ever before.

“What’s clear, though, is many take decorating their homes very seriously – considering where their festive guests will be spending the most time, and where they can really show off their creativity.”

But the study found that while 45 percent love decorating, they do admit a lot of it isn’t particularly good for the environment.

Fairy lights top the list of the most popular decorations, followed by Christmas cards, tinsel, and festive ornaments. And December 1 is the most popular date to fish out the decs, with 28 percent doing so on this day each year.

Meanwhile, when it comes to packing them all away again after Christmas, one in 20 have left them up as late as February, according to the OnePoll data.

It also emerged that 15 percent put up a Christmas tree in most of the rooms of their house, while 44 percent do so in at least a few rooms. And artificial trees proved most popular, with 78 percent opting for one over the real thing (14 percent).

Six in 10 described their style approach as “minimal”, although 18 percent go the whole hog with an over-the-top look. And 15 percent will even spend days – or longer – prepping and installing their decorations.

The spokesman from Who Gives A Crap added: “While the likes of the bathroom are becoming more of a focal point for festive flair, it’s clear that people need more inspiration for ways to brighten these less traditional areas for Christmas decor.

“Festive toilet roll is a great place to start with something to spark joy, that your guests will most definitely be making the most of. Recycled toilet paper is an even more eco-friendly way to brighten up your bathroom this Christmas season.”

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