Christmas is just around the corner meaning goodwill and joy will be flowing through the homes of Hull and East Yorkshire.

While your focus will be on making the big day extra special for loved ones, many will have also set aside a little treat for the people who carry out thankless tasks throughout the year.

Posties, paperboys and window cleaners all make a contribution to our lives, but do you ever thank them for it?

While some don't, many use Christmas as the chance to give a tip to these silent operators in our lives.

It has been a long-held tradition across the UK to give a financial boost to these people - but it is a tradition which seems to be fading, reports Kent Live.

Tipping facts

A survey by This is Money show just over a fifth of people tip their hairdresser at Christmas.

The research found it is the postman who is the next most likely to receive a festive tip (22 per cent), followed followed by binmen (15 per cent) and window cleaners (12 per cent).

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Milkmen are at the bottom of the list (11 per cent), but this may reflect the fact many people now buy their milk from the supermarket.

54.8 per cent of those aged 55 and above say they tip compared to the younger generation where 45.3 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds tip.

The official etiquette on tipping

There is clear guidance on Christmas tipping, according to Debretts, a self-proclaimed authority on etiquette, who shared their tips with Leicestershire Live.

It suggests the following:

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