How far do you go to help your little ones believe in Father Christmas? NSPPC-280

A new survey reveals the lengths we go to as parents to help our little ones keep the magic of Christmas alive

Every family has their own Christmas traiditions, but a new survey has found that the nation's favourite family Christmas tradition for parents is leaving food and drink out on Christmas Eve for Father Christmas and his reindeer to enjoy.

The survey conducted by the NSPCC revealed that we're a nation on the naughty list with almost a third of British parents opening a present on Christmas Eve with their children.

But perhaps most surprisingly, even in today's digital age, over half of parents encourage children to hand-write a letter to Father Christmas.

Family Christmas traditions are increasing in popularity across the nation as more and more parents embrace the magic of Santa, much more elaborately than their own parents once did.

The YouGov survey of 2,007 parents with children aged 18 and under*, conducted by the NSPCC revealed the nation's top 10 favourite festive family traditions to do with their children are:

Leaving something out on Christmas Eve for Father Christmas and his reindeers. 70%

Hand-writing a letter to Father Christmas 51%

Wrapping Christmas presents in different wrapping paper from the rest of the presents so that your children know which presents are from Father Christmas. 39%

Opening a letter 'from Father Christmas' with your children. 36%

Watching Elf. 35%

Sprinkling reindeer food on the front garden. 31%

Opening one present from under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. 30%

Making homemade gifts with your children for family members. 27%

Watching the Queen's speech. 22%

Watching It's a Wonderful Life. 13%

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