‘Tis the season to be jolly. But, this Christmas the average Yorkshire couple will have six festive entrenched arguments, a study has revealed.
In a study of 2,000 people across the UK, the top three festive fouls were over: 1. Who cooks the Christmas dinner 2. Where to spend Christmas day. 3. Whose family to visit.
Six arguments. You may be thinking that’s not bad going.
The study, carried out by York-based mutual healthcare provider Benenden Health, reported four in ten people confessed to ‘biting their lip’ at the Christmas table as built-up stress in the run up to Christmas bubbles over on the big day.
Beyond the surface stress caused by wrapping and trimmings, 45 per cent of those surveyed in Yorkshire said Christmas caused them deep stress and more than a third said festive holidays can cause them to feel depressed.
The study reported mounting stress levels kick in mid-way through December, with the December 16 found as the average date for the stress to set in.
Paul Keenan, head of communications at Benenden Health, said: “Stress can often mount over the Christmas period as many of us struggle to cope with our seemingly never-ending to-do lists. Financial worries can also become a major source of anxiety over the festive period - but it’s crucial that we try not to let issues build up without talking about them.”
Top 30 festive couple fallouts:
1. Who cooks the Christmas dinner
2. Where to spend Christmas day
3. Whose family to visit
4. How much to spend on other people
5. Who does the washing up
6. How much to spend on each other
7. You or partner having to work too much over the holiday
8. Can’t agree what movie/TV to watch
9. You or partner picking at food before it’s ready
10. What presents to buy for the kids
11. Partner drinking too much
12. Who washes-up
13. Whether to go out for Christmas dinner or stay at home
14. The temperature of the house
15. People arriving late on Christmas day
16. Whether or not to put Christmas spending on the credit card
17. Who carves the turkey
18. Who has to drive to a party
19. No one helping Mum
20. Not tidying up after opening presents
21. Having to sit in traffic while on the way to visit people
22. Old arguments being brought up
23. Whether to get a real or a fake tree
24. Partner not helping out enough when hosting guests
25. You or partner staying out too late with friends and colleagues
26. Ownership of the remote control
27. Who decorates the tree
28. What time to open presents
29. Mum stressing over the Christmas dinner
30. The cost of entertaining relatives