Scots are planning to turn their backs on extravagant Christmas decorations to light up their homes this year.
New research from Clydesdale Bank has revealed that just 22% of Scots plan to illuminate their neighbourhood by decorating outside their homes with Santas, snowmen, Rudolphs and reindeers in the run-up to Christmas.
Clydesdale Bank’s quarterly Homebuyers Report also revealed that 10% of Scots who have decorated their homes in previous years are not planning to do so over this festive season.
Though rising utility bills and greater cost consciousness may well see fewer cul-de-sacs lit up like Christmas trees this year, people in the north of Scotland are more likely to keep the ‘Northern Lights’ going this year. The research found 37% of those in the Highlands and 29% in Grampian still planning on a dazzling display.
Which regions are planning outdoor Christmas decorations:
Clydesdale Bank’s research also found a regional divide in people’s opinions towards Christmas lights. A staggering 80% of people in the Highlands are fond of extravagant outdoor decorations, whilst 34% of those in Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth dislike or even hate over the top lights.
Steve Reid, Clydesdale Bank’s head of retail, said: “Whether you love them or loath them everyone seems to have an opinion about outdoor Christmas lights. While some people see them as wasteful and tacky, others enjoy the Christmas spirit and cheer they bring to a community.
“Whatever decorations you opt for, it’s still possible to have fun this festive season whilst sticking to a budget. Christmas is a special time of year and should be about enjoying time with friends and family rather than how much money you spend.”
Clydesdale Bank’s simple tips to save money this Christmas: