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Swansea is the most festive city in the UK with families putting up their decorations earlier than anywhere else in Britain

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Swansea has been crowned the most festive place in the UK with families putting up their Christmas decorations earlier than anywhere else in Britain. 

While households across the nation are often divided when it comes to deciding when they should start decorating their house, it seems those in Swansea have concluded the earlier the better. 

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Having asked 1,000 Brits from across a number of different cities and counties when they put up their Christmas decorations, it was those living in Swansea who said they hang them up the earliest – an average of 49 days before Christmas Day. That’s November 6! 

The research carried out by electrical wholesaler ERF, found people in Stirlingshire, Scotland, are almost as desperate as those in Swansea to untangle their lights and unbox their baubles with residents deciding that 48 days before Christmas Day is the perfect time to decorate their house. 

In contrast, if you live in Shropshire, you’ll do well to find any houses lit up before December with residents waiting until December 6 to get into the festive spirit. 

Those living in Renfrewshire and Lothian are equally as reluctant to spread the festive joy with Scots living in these two locations also leaving it until 19 days before Christmas to get the decorations out. 

The most festive cities/counties in the UK (based on when families put up their Christmas decorations) 

City/countyDays before Christmas families decorate their houses (Avg) Date
Swansea496th November
Stirlingshire487th November
Antrim4411th November
Northumberland4213th November
Bedfordshire3619th November
Aberdeenshire3520th November
Gloucestershire3322nd November
Staffordshire3322nd November
Bath3025th November
Leicestershire3025th November
Cornwall2926th November
Somerset2926th November

The least festive cities/counties in the UK (based on when families put up their Christmas decorations)

City/countyDays before Christmas families decorate their houses (Avg)Date
Shropshire196th December
Renfrewshire196th December
Lothian196th December
Cambridgeshire205th December
Lincolnshire205th December
Sussex205th December
Wiltshire205th December
Derbyshire214th December
Worcestershire214th December
Ayrshire223rd December
Buckinghamshire223rd December
Devon223rd December

Taking into account all of the regional variations, the average number of days before Christmas Day Brits get their decorations out is 27 (November 28). 

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This year, November 28 falls on a Sunday and perhaps rather fittingly this conforms with traditions which state Christmas trees and decorations should be put up at the beginning of Advent – which starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. 

Unsurprisingly for those who fight each year with their parents about the decorations, the research also found age plays a big part in determining the date. 

The data confirms that younger people favour putting up their decorations earlier, compared to older generations.

Under 35s put their decorations up 29 days before Christmas versus over 35s who put them up 24 days prior.

Aside from Christmas decorations, the tree itself is really the star of the show. Buying a real tree or pulling out the same artificial one each year is yet another preference that Brits are firmly set on. 

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Out of the two options, over two-thirds (68%) of people present an artificial tree in their home, as opposed to a real one. 

Let’s not get started on the 6% of Brits who celebrate Christmas but don’t even bother to put up a tree! 

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