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This is when people are putting up their Christmas decorations

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.

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/county

Days before Christmas families decorate their houses (Avg)

Date

Swansea

49

6th November

Stirlingshire

48

7th November

Antrim

44

11th November

Northumberland

42

13th November

Bedfordshire

36

19th November

Aberdeenshire

35

20th November

Gloucestershire

33

22nd November

Staffordshire

33

22nd November

Bath

30

25th November

Leicestershire

30

25th November

Cornwall

29

26th November

Somerset

29

26th November

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

City/county

Days before Christmas families decorate their houses (Avg)

Date

Shropshire

19

6th December

Renfrewshire

19

6th December

Lothian

19

6th December

Cambridgeshire

20

5th December

Lincolnshire

20

5th December

Sussex

20

5th December

Wiltshire

20

5th December

Derbyshire

21

4th December

Worcestershire

21

4th December

Ayrshire

22

3rd December

Buckinghamshire

22

3rd December

Devon

22

3rd 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).

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.

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!