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Change in UK housing stock means chimney problems for Father Christmas

Alex Johnson

8b9334d44ef52047f3842f997d3b407839f29a47 300x225 Change in UK housing stock means chimney problems for Father ChristmasAccording to Rightmove, around 4 in 10 UK homes do not have a chimney, presenting Father Christmas with a major delivery headache on Christmas Eve.

Rightmove surveyed 1,230 home-owners about this key yuletide issue and discovered that a further 7 in 10 of those whose home did have a chimney said that the tubby present-giver’s bulk might prevent him clambering down it to deliver presents. The most common reasons were that it is a gas fire (27%), just plain too small (14%), boarded up (13%) or it is an open fireplace (15%) which raises safety issues, especially for fur on his hood.

Of those parents with young children and an unusable/missing chimney, a quarter of parents said their children were “concerned”. However 69% explained that Father Christmas would enter thanks to his ‘magic key’. A further 13% say they will simply stay up to let him in on Christmas Eve, while 5% assumed he would get in through a door, window or perhaps even an air vent.

“As the UK housing stock has changed over the years,” explained worried Rightmove director Miles Shipside, “it must be getting harder and harder for Santa to deliver his Christmas gifts. The surge in new flats and modernisation of older houses means the proportion of people benefitting from the traditional chimney is on the decline. But where there is a will there is a way.”

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  • Emma

    Right move made a cute Santa sign generator for the kids that have no chimney! Love it!!

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/rightmove-news/how-will-santa-deliver-your-presents

  • nonsheep

    My house did not have a chimney, so last year I built one, mmm toasty.

  • hectorsmum

    Windows anyone?

  • IvyTerryble

    In a time of volatile energy supply, it baffles me that homes are built without chimneys. If the energy supply fails for any reason, people without chimneys are going to have one hell of a time heating their homes.

  • VicTheBrit

    “5% assumed he would get in through a door, window or perhaps even an air vent.”

    The home security companies are going to have a field day with that one…

  • VicTheBrit

    God forbid that we have to rely on rumpy-pumpy as a means of staying warm in winter…

  • VicTheBrit

    Nah… I’ve got a Mac, thank you…

  • http://twitter.com/TheWickedOne666 • †ĦΞ • I₦FIÐΞL •

    I tell my little one Santa has a magic key which fits every door.. works for us lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656017876 Chris Frankland

    25% say that Santa will break in.


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