Brits are planning to turn their backs on extravagant Christmas decorations to light up their homes this year.
New research from Yorkshire Bank has revealed that just 23% of Brits plan to illuminate their neighbourhood by decorating outside their homes with Santas, snowmen, Rudolphs and reindeers in the run-up to Christmas.
Yorkshire Bank’s quarterly Homebuyers Report also revealed that 19% of Brits who have decorated their homes in previous years are not planning on doing so this festive season.
Though rising utility bills and greater cost consciousness may well see fewer cul-de-sacs lit up like Christmas trees this year, the research found that 30% of those in the South East and 29% in the West Midlands are still planning a dazzling display.
However, the capital may be in darkness this year with Londoners the least likely to light up their homes with a meagre 12% planning on using outside lights.
Regional breakdown of those planning to decorate the outside of their home:
Gary Lumby, Yorkshire Bank’s head of retail, said: “Whether you love them or loath them everyone seems to have an opinion about outdoor Christmas lights. While some people see them as being wasteful and tacky, others enjoy the Christmas spirit and cheer they bring to a community.
“Whatever decorations you opt for, it’s still possible to have fun this festive season whilst sticking to a budget. Christmas is a special time of year and should be about enjoying time with friends and family rather than how much money you spend.”
Yorkshire Bank’s simple tips for saving money this Christmas: