Yule have yet more festive joy at 31
Published on 16/12/2015

Continuing family traditions and being with friends and family all key to enjoying Christmas again.

If you’re approaching your 30s and no longer experience the same playful Christmas joy as you did as a child, then the good news is that your luck is likely to change. New research commissioned by intu, the leading owner, developer and manager of prime regional shopping centres in the UK, pinpoints the age that we all enjoy Christmas the most, and on average, adults in the South East have their best Christmas at the age of 31. 

The survey, which was analysed by much-loved children's TV presenter and mathematician, Johnny Ball, polled more than 2,000 Brits about their attitudes towards the festive period. It found that on average respondents in the South East felt that their best ever childhood Christmas takes place at the age of nine, with receiving presents (60%), Christmas dinner with the family (50%) and decorating the tree (49%) all contributing towards a nostalgic Christmas buzz that for a lucky 24% never wavers.

However, for more than half (54%) of the region, the seasonal magic starts to wane on average at the age of 21 when family stress (25%), cost (25%) and the pressure of getting the right presents (17%) all add up to a less than joyful Christmas, with many of us (52%) preferring to sleep in than get up and celebrate.

There are many compelling Christmas events being held at intu centres across the UK for customers and their families to enjoy this seasonal period. intu Milton Keynes is running a workshop for little ones to write their letter to Santa until Sunday 13 December, with the promise of a reply before Christmas Eve.

Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “As we get older, it’s easy for the hustle and bustle to get in the way of a really enjoyable Christmas. Here at intu Milton Keynes, we invite all our customers to come and play in our centre this festive season. As a national brand, intu offers a great mix of leisure facilities, coupled with longer seasonal opening hours and the very best mix of retail brands to make for a more successful and enjoyable shopping trip. 

So whether it’s a surprise treat from one of our Joy Scouts or a relaxing break in one of our coffee shops, everyone can come and play at our centre and enjoy preparing for a fantastic Christmas.”

Children’s TV presenter and campaign celebrity spokesperson, Johnny Ball, commented: “Nine may be the 'magic number' when it comes to having the best Christmas ever but it's wonderful to think there are perhaps two generations of Christmas joy - being kids and then rediscovering the Christmas Spirit as an adult.  As a parent and grandfather, I always love the idea of a fun, relaxing festive shopping trip that invites us all to step ‘intu’ the mind of a child and relive the magic of our childhood again and again.”

Parenthood and having children that are old enough to enjoy Christmas is understandably a key driving factor to reigniting yuletide joy, with 94% of respondents who are parents saying that they experience the joy of Christmas through their children.

But even without children, the social playful aspects of being with friends and family (78%) and continuing with family traditions (66%) are the most important contributing factors to enjoying Christmas in adulthood, even more so than receiving Christmas gifts (50%) and wanting to believe in Father Christmas (10%). 

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