With new research uncovering 1 in 5 Brits hate the festive season, presenter Matt Edmondson has partnered with Virgin Trains to spread some festive cheer to the nation
Forget Brexit or Strictly Come Dancing; it’s Christmas that really divides us, with a clear split between the 81% of us who love the festive season and the 19% who can’t wait for it all to be over. Virgin Trains used social media analysis to measure positive and negative sentiment around Christmas, with the results showing that almost 1 in 5 (19%) of all Christmas-related tweets are negative.
The study by Virgin Trains analysed over 500,000 Christmas related tweets to create a comprehensive view of our feelings towards the festive season, and the results show a nation that risks being torn apart by its polarised view on festive family time and Christmas decorations. We hate wrapping presents more than Brussel sprouts, but as many of us suspected Love Actually unites (almost) all of us. Here’s how we really feel about our favourite festive traditions.
Christmas adverts provoke strong feelings in us all, with the volume of negative and positive tweets spiking when this year’s offerings were released in mid-November. Festive good-feelings are likely to dramatically snowball from Monday December 18th, as we enter the final working week before the Christmas break. Positive sentiment towards carol singing increases on average by 34% from mid-November to mid-December as we begin to get into the Christmas spirit.
VIDEO: As an antidote to the bah-humbug brigade and to help to bring a smile to even the grumpiest Grinch around, Virgin Trains is calling out the scrooges to help spread some Christmas cheer. With the help of presenter, Matt Edmondson, they have handpicked some of the crankiest Christmas-related tweets from the British public. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/edwl6cRn1m8
Matt Edmondson, Presenter, said, “Much like my family’s attitude to cracking out the board games on Boxing Day, us Brits are a divided bunch when it comes to getting into the Christmas spirit. From moaning about merry carol singers and bright festive lights to dreading Michael Bublé’s latest offering (for the record, I’m team Bublé all the way), there really are some scroogey tweets going around. I have my grumpy moments too (no, I don’t want to sample your sprouts, even if you’ve used Nigella’s recipe), but it’s easy to forget that this is the time of year to celebrate with loved ones and put our differences aside – even serious ones like Brussel sprout preferences. Amongst all the madness, it’s been good to see the funny side with Virgin Trains, as we welcome in the silly season (warts and all) and spread some cheer this Christmas.”
A festive forecast
Patrick McCall, Co-Chairman, Virgin Trains, said, “Here at Virgin Trains we love Christmas. It’s all about connecting friends and family; and that’s at the heart of what we do. This year, whilst we connect friends and families on our journeys on the West and East Coast, we have a festive mission: to spread a little Christmas cheer everywhere we go in a light-hearted way that we can all relate to.”