A new research has found that many British households are favoring Christmas traditions from other European countries instead of the old holiday customs, Premier reports.

Ancestry spokesperson, Russell James, said the British identity is a fusion of different cultures. “We found that the Christmas traditions we now follow are more international than we probably realized,” he said.

According to the survey of AncestryDNA, a family history research firm, there is a 27 percent increase of Brits who plan to visit a German Christmas market. These markets provide a festive venue for shoppers where stalls offer various wares, including handcrafted items and mouth-watering food and drinks.

The study also found that 16 percent more people are serving panettone, an Italian sweet bread prepared during the holidays.

Ancestry spokesperson, Russell James, said the British identity is a fusion of different cultures. “We found that the Christmas traditions we now follow are more international than we probably realized,” he said.

On December 17, 2017, about 30,000 people gathered at the Wembley Arena for the UK’s biggest carol service.

The Brits considered gift-giving as the most popular Christmas tradition, with 95 percent of those surveyed said they would buy presents for their loved ones. Other favorite customs include enjoying a Christmas dinner at 91 percent, and putting up a Christmas tree at 90 percent.

James added that, “As a nation, it’s fantastic to see that we’ve reached the point where celebrating diversity goes hand in hand with how we embrace the pastimes of other cultures, particularly during occasions such as Christmas, whether these are passed down through family and friends, brought home from travels or simply taken from popular culture.”

Figures from the survey showed a 25 percent decrease of attendance in Christmas carol services compared to previous years.

A Hillsong London carol service, however, showed not a decline, but an overwhelming attendance. On December 17, 2017, about 30,000 people gathered at the Wembley Arena for the UK’s biggest carol service. Tickets for the three back-to-back services were sold out.

The Hillsong network also filled the o2 arena in London in August this year. Around 13,000 people from all over Europe attended the service.

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Premier

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