Once upon a time the UK decided which fairy tale was the nations favourite….and it is NOT a Christmas one!
According to a survey commissioned by Storytime magazine, parents have voted Cinderella, the classic story of a beautiful girl named Cinderella who is treated as a servant by her wicked stepmother and two stepsisters, as the nations favourite fairy tale.
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This classic rags to riches story, beat off other favourites including Jack and the Beanstalk in a survey of 1000 parents of 4 to 8 year olds – disappointingly there was no sign of our Christmas favourite, the Elves and the Shoemaker, in the list.
The survey, which was commissioned by Storytime magazine, shows that the classic fairy tales we know and love from our own childhood are still popular with todays children. Maxine Stinton, editor of Storytime, explained “A good fairy tale never goes out of fashion. With Storytime magazine, we hope that parents will thoroughly enjoy revisiting and sharing favourite tales from their own childhoods, plus discovering some new ones, and that – in turn – we help make happy Storytime memories for their own children.”
Did your favourite make it into the top five favourite fairy tales?
In 5th place was The Gingerbread Man
4th – Snow White
3rd – the Three Bears
2nd – Jack and the Beanstalk
1st – Cinderella
The poll also showed the differences between mum and dad’s favourite stories, with mums placing Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel in their top ten while dads favoured The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel.
Do your children have a favourite bedtime story that they always ask for every Christmas Eve? Our favourite has to be ‘The Night Before Christmas‘. Get in touch below and tell us your all time favourite Christmas story.