When asked which list they thought they’d be on, 59% of Brits thought they would make the nice list, but the rest admitted they were naughty. 1 in 4 (23%) said they believe they belong on the naughty list and this figure rose to as high as 1 in 3 (33%) in the 25-34 age group.
When quizzed on the acts which they thought would help secure their place on the nice list, an overwhelming 75% said they believe being considerate to other people’s feelings would help.
71% said they think whether a person had nice manners would play a part in the selection process, whereas 60% said they feel honesty is the best policy when it comes to landing a spot on the nice list.
Over half (52%) thought Santa would consider whether an individual tidied up after themselves when putting together the nice list, while 48% said they think caring for animals and helping out around the house would help him make his decision. Donating money to charity (36%), not swearing (35%) and not complaining (31%) completed the top 10.
The research found Aberdeen to be the “naughtiest” city in the UK, with an overwhelming 66% of respondents from the Scottish city placing themselves on the naughty list. Scousers are the self-proclaimed “nicest” in the UK, with 79% of Liverpool residents placing themselves firmly on the nice list.
Stephen Evans, managing director at Christmas Tree World commented: “Our advice for the nation would be to consider their actions throughout the year if they want to earn their place on the nice list – after all, there’s room for everyone if they just behave.”