Traditional Christmas past times fade, as online gift shopping soars
Traditional Christmas past times are in decline, a survey yesterday revealed. In the place of pennies in the Christmas pudding and traditional fruit cakes, come new traditions such as Champagne breakfasts and afternoons in front of DVDs.
The research also suggested that the Christmas dinner has suffered from changing times. Convenience came out as the key criteria, with 52% admitting they would microwave their food, and 24% saying they would buy pre-prepared food rather than prepare it themselves. Just 3% now follow the tradition of putting a penny in the Christmas pudding.
As old traditions are fading though, new ones are quickly growing. The cult of internet Christmas shopping hit an all time high yesterday when at 1.09pm a total of £750,000 was spent online in a single minute, the highest ever in British history.
Experts are predicting that £370 million will have been spent in total yesterday on the web, with the most sought after gift being a Nintendo Wii, followed by iPod shuffles and Nanos, Boots Protect and Perfect face cream and Gillette Fushion razor sets.