Brits have revealed the quirky ways they’ll celebrate Christmas including hanging decorations in the bathroom, having mustard for dessert – and knitting jumpers for their pet tortoise.
Researchers polled 2,000 adults and found 85 per cent think this Yuletide will be the strangest one yet, and 35 per cent are keen to embrace that this year.
As a result, some are planning to sidestep the traditional dinner completely in favour of something more unusual – with one respondent enjoying ostrich, venison and kangaroo in recent years.
Another is going to enjoy a curry instead of the traditional turkey with all the trimmings while fried chicken is also on the menu in another home.
And while sprouts have proved to be divisive over the years, one respondent loves the vegetable so much they will eat approximately one kilo of them.
Cocktails for breakfast and sipping a cup of tea while in a hot tub are also among the quirky ways some Brits will be marking this Christmas.
But the study, commissioned by Hendrick’s Gin, revealed that it’s the unexpected which makes a Christmas memorable, with 79 per cent agreeing the festive season rarely goes as planned.
Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Sasha Filimonov said: “Christmas means different things to different people and everyone has slightly diverse ways of enjoying it.
“As this year promises to be especially unusual, it’s wonderful to see that the nation is excited to create a whole host of new traditions.”
The study also found many of the more usual traditions leave many of those polled scratching their heads, with almost a fifth admitting that chopping down a tree and bringing it inside the home is peculiar.
Setting fire to a Christmas pudding is baffling for 17 per cent and one in 10 can’t get their head around pantomimes.
However, 58 per cent said one of the aspects they love most about this time of year is the strange traditions.
The study carried out through OnePoll also found 40 per cent are intending to go above and beyond this year – in a bid to make Christmas 2020 especially brilliant.
And 82 per cent agreed Christmas is a chance to indulge and put any worries to one side.
Sasha Filimonov added: “So enjoy this Christmas, though unfamiliar, because really every Christmas is somewhat peculiar.
“Let’s celebrate our oddness, proudly, gladly, and enjoy this festive season most unusually!”