Brits to much their way through 10,000 mince pies a minute

Christmas-loving Brits will munch their way through a staggering 10,000 mince pies a minute during the festive season, according to new research.

Around 1,240 Xmas puds will be eaten per minute, washed down by a 15,000 units of alcohol during the height of the festive season.

The staggering consumption during the three-week Christmas period was revealed in research by money-saving website

It found that Brits will eat a massive five tonnes of potatoes every minute, and 115 Turkeys will be eaten per minute on Christmas Day itself.

During December alone, 550 Christmas cards will be sent every second, with a metre of wrapping paper being used every minute in the run up to Christmas Day.

Around 264 Christmas trees are being bought every minute and more than 200,000 crackers will be pulled every minute on Christmas Day.

Apart from eating and drinking, £200,000 will be spent on gifts every minute during the eight week Christmas shopping period through November and up to 25th December.

In 2014 the UK’s consumers spent more on Christmas gifts than any other nation in Europe, splashing out 32% more than those in France and Luxembourg who were joint second in terms of Christmas outlay.

It is estimated that 14% of an average Brits’ monthly salary is spent on Christmas gifts for their friends and family.

However, Christmas presents are not always to taste and figures show that around 4% of the total spent goes on unwanted gifts.

Being vigilant whilst shopping online is essential as £150 every minute is scammed from online shoppers during the eight week shopping period before Christmas.

Shane Forster, Country Manager for said, “Christmas is indeed the season of consumption, and while it helps boost the economy, Brits should be careful not to spend more than they can afford.

“It can be easy to get caught up in the spending hype at this time of the year, however, taking advantage of price cuts that are available in order to be smarter with cash will go a long way for many families.”