Change in UK housing stock means chimney problems for Father Christmas
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.”chimney, christmas, father christmas
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