The Internet, time off and festive TV have been revealed as the things modern Brits can't live without at Christmas in a new survey from Villa Plus.
The villa holiday experts polled 1,000 Brits to discover what we can't live without during the festive season, with some surprising results.
Top of the list is friends and family (35%), followed by the traditional Christmas turkey (9%), with alcohol coming in third (8%). A Christmas tree also comes high on the list, closely followed by presents, and festive TV and films.
However, the poll also revealed how technology is becoming increasingly important to Brits during the festive season, with the internet and mobile phones making it into the top 20 ahead of more traditional Christmas fare like the mince pie. For many respondents, simply having time off work was the one thing they need to have an enjoyable Christmas.
Commenting on the results, Simon Lifford of Villa Plus said: “It's interesting that of all the things Brits say they can't live without at Christmas, the Great British weather isn't one of them. Our research also found how important technology is becoming to the modern-day Christmas, with phones and the internet making it into the top 20 above the traditional mince pie!
“In fact, the top thing Brits said they couldn't live without over the festive season was their friends and family and this doesn't have to mean staying at home for Christmas. With millions of us expected to jet off this December, catching a bit of winter sun is becoming a more common way to enjoy the essentials of Christmas without the cold and rain.”
Over four million Brits travelled abroad over Christmas and New Year in 2013, according to ABTA, with 12 million Brits in total expected to take a winter holiday this year.