Bah humbug! Millions of Brits will REFUSE to join in the singing of carols this Christmas.

More than half – 55 per cent – of people said they will not be taking part in the festive tradition.

Almost seven in ten 18-24 year-olds will stay schtum, saying they find carols old-fashioned and embarrassing.

And don’t expect to rely on the oldies to be decking the halls with boughs of holly – only a quarter of over-55s said they’ll be singing along.

The survey of 2,000 adults was commissioned by labels-for-less retailer TK Maxx to mark their remix of the classic carol Deck The Halls.

They enlisted YouTube star Caspar Lee and Aled Jones to revamp the singalong, which celebrates its 140th anniversary next year.

The remix includes pop-culture references such as ‘Morning’s off with Phil and Holly’, ‘Mum and Dad Dancing to Bieber’, ‘Grandma snoring should have seen her’ and even references to the office party.

The Deck the Halls remix is available to be streamed for free on Soundcloud, at Sound Cloud TK Maxx.

Deck the Halls was voted the nation’s sixth favourite carol in the survey.


Top 20 Favourite Carols

  1. Silent Night
  2. Away in a Manger
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  4. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  5. Ding Dong Merrily on High
  6. Deck the Halls
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  9. In the Bleak Midwinter
  10. Little Donkey
  11. O Holy Night
  12. Mary’s Boy Child
  13. Carol of the Bells
  14. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  15. Once in Royal David’s City
  16. The Little Drummer Boy
  17. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  18. The First Noel
  19. Good King Wenceslas
  20. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Aled Jones said: “The secret of a great Christmas song is balancing timeless tradition with what people love about Christmas today.

“If this version of Deck the Halls encourages more people to dust off their festive favourites for a seasonal sing-song, that can only be good news.”

Caspar Lee said: “I love surprising people and Christmas is the perfect time of year to do that, whether it’s popping in on your grandma unannounced or seeing someone’s face light up when they unwrap that gift they never expected.

“Spreading a bit of Christmas surprise with my own choir has been a great way to start the season.”

Deborah Dolce from TK Maxx said: “Tradition is at the heart of what makes Christmas so special, and of course we think it’s even better when the gifts we give and receive are surprising.

“We love this unexpected twist on a classic carol and it’s the perfect way to celebrate the imaginative gifts we have at magical prices to surprise and delight friends and family.”

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