In recent years a plethora of new traditions have swept across the world. These include Christmas Eve boxes and the notorious Elf on the Shelf. New traditions are now taking over the old in terms of popularity. 

Christmas is a magical time for the whole family, and each family has their own way of preparing for the festive season. 

Whether this is sticking to very traditional Christmas activities such as hanging stockings, watching Christmas films or going to the pantomime or introducing new ones like Christmas Eve boxes or the Elf on the Shelf. 

A Christmas Eve box is a selection of presents given to children on the night of Christmas Eve. 

They include pyjamas, Christmas films, sweets and small seasonal toys. 

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Meanwhile, Elf on the Shelf is a festive favourite that originated in America. 

Arriving with a picture book titled Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, parents pose an elf toy around the house to entertain children on the lead up to Christmas. 

This is a craze which has swept social media, with parents posting their best ideas online. 

For ideas and more information on The Elf on the Shelf check out Express.co.uk’s guide here.

These new traditions have begun to overtake older ones, with the Elf on the Shelf becoming more popular than stockings and perhaps even Father Christmas. 

Research undertaken by Motif found that around 26 percent of families have started new Christmas traditions in the last few years. 

Now, one in ten parents will create a Christmas Eve Box for their children and one in four have introduced the Elf on the Shelf.

They also found that Google searches for the Elf on the Shelf are now more popular than those for Father Christmas and Santa. 

However, there are still Christmas traditions that we feel nostalgic about according to Motif.

These are: 

  • Giving and receiving presents
  • Spending time with family
  • Putting up Christmas decorations
  • Watching Christmas specials on television, such as Doctor Who, Eastenders and Top of the Pops
  • Cooking with the family

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