The 10 best Derbyshire Christmas traditions

One of the National Trust's Derbyshire properties, Hardwick Hall.

One of the National Trust's Derbyshire properties, Hardwick Hall.

Derbyshire’s favourite tradition is eating mum’s Christmas Dinner, according to a survey conducted by the National Trust as part of its campaign to rekindle the true magic of Christmas.

The study of 2,500 adults found that Brits hang on to cherished childhood traditions, with 35 per cent of people in the county still hanging out their Christmas stocking and 19 per cent still given an advent calendar by parents.

Almost one in two (49 per cent) opt for visiting Christmas markets, while seeing Christmas lights (67 per cent) and setting the Christmas pudding alight (34 per cent) also made the list of Yuletide customs .

They all beat in popularity both watching or listening to the Queen’s Speech (29 per cent) and the office end of year party (29 per cent).

Nearly one in two people (42 per cent) in Derbyshire revealed they have a family Christmas tradition that has been passed down through generations, with 60 per cent feeling that family traditions are what makes Christmas truly special.

A total of 16 per cent have developed new traditions in recent years that they hope their own children will continue, such as a Boxing Day walk.

The research revealed the following top Christmas 10 traditions for adults:

1. Eating your mum’s roast dinner; 2. Decorating the tree; 3. Opening your stocking presents; 4. Seeing Christmas lights; 5. Visiting a Christmas market; 6. Putting out your stocking; 7. Christmas music; 8. A family game e.g. charades; 9. Getting an advent calendar; 10. A boxing day walk.

On the back of the research, the National Trust is inviting everyone to share in the magic of festive traditions.

Tony Berry, the National Trust’s director of visitor experience said: “Our research highlights how important traditions old and new are to families at Christmas time.

“Whether carolling, making your own decorations or mince pie tasting, our Christmas activities are the perfect way to enjoy some of the nation’s favourite customs – whatever your age!’

To find out about what’s happening at places in Derbyshire go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandschristmas.




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