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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Christmas is easy now I…drink Whisky GIVEAWAY CLOSED


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 giveaway

The WINNER was comment number 123 Congratulations Julie!

To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of whisky comment and tell me what causes the most ‘spirit’ in your household at Christmas?

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  • Entrants must be over 18
  • Four entries maximum per person
  • Entrants need to use a separate comment for each entry
  • The winners will be selected at random.
  • The prizes will be supplied on behalf of Whyte and Mackay, not by Alexander Residence, and are non refundable and non exchangeable.
  • Closing date Midnight Sunday 16th December 2012
  • Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond, after which time a redraw will take place.

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