Excuse the title. Regular readers will know last week I discovered Christmas is easy now I think like a bloke, so when Whyte and Mackay offered me some Whisky for me, and my readers I said ‘Yes, please!’ and I have a bottle of Whyte and Mackay to giveaway to one lucky reader.
I love anything that sneaks through the facade, to the behind the scenes reality of Christmas, so I was intrigued to read more about Whyte and Mackay’s research into true Christmas spirit. After surveying 2000 people, it seems the most upheld Christmas tradition is family disagreements. 46% of those questioned said that quarrelling with their partner’s parents had come to be expected, have a look and see what you recognise from this list:
· Christmas dinner preparations (25%). The most common complaint is when mum-in-laws unfavourably compare the way dinner is served to the ‘proper way’ (i.e. her way).
· Cruel present choices (24%). The majority felt that parent-in-laws purposefully bought presents for them that they wouldn’t like, from terrible Christmas jumpers to regifting items already in their cupboards.
· Fighting over board games (15%). The most frenetic choice is the team game of charades with 34% of those who have fought with their parent-in-laws coming to blows. Monopoly is the board game that seems to cause the least amount of stress (2%).
· Arguments over TV (15%). Oddly, the Queen’s Speech is the source of most squabbles (25%), closely followed by soaps (23%)
· Where Christmas is held (8%). Determining who will be travelling to whom during the festive period is a hot topic with 76% of those for which it’s an issue believing that their parent-in-laws exert pressure on their children to enjoy Christmas with them in their old family home.
Board games get really ugly in our house. Mr A loves strategy and I love word games, another recipe for disaster. Mr A is also a tyrant, which leads me to cheat.
The WINNER was comment number 123 Congratulations Julie!
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