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Bickering over the Christmas dinner, fighting over the remote and even a dry turkey are also among the disliked festive activities people are going to miss this year. But while 62 percent will miss these things because they are all part of the Christmas experience, 28 percent admitted they actually enjoy the annoying parts of the festive period.
A spokesman for Cockburn’s Port, which commissioned the survey as part of its Big Night In campaign, said: “This Christmas, families will miss out on a lot of traditions from previous years, and will begin to love the things they hate.”
The study also found that although Christmas ‘tis the season to be jolly, people were most likely to associate it with the words stressful and expensive.
Almost half (48 percent) of adults even claimed they needed a week’s holiday to recover from the festive period.
As a result, 47 percent are secretly looking forward to the prospect of lower-key Christmas celebrations.
Despite the change in restrictions, 43 percent still believe they will be spending Christmas Day without their loved ones this year.
But four in 10 are relieved to be socially distanced from extended family, because it’s too much of an effort or can get too expensive.
The research, conducted by OnePoll, also found that 40 percent find the prospect of hosting Christmas Day for family daunting.
Almost half (46 per ent) wouldn’t have it any other way though, despite it being loud, expensive and stressful.
It also emerged that with the prospect of spending more time alone this Christmas, a quarter plan to spend more money on themselves to ease the pain of being separated from loved ones.
And 28 percent will be spending a lot less on friends and family.
Forty-eight percent will be taking some much needed me-time, and 20 percent will be making the most of this year’s lockdown Christmas by spending it in their pyjamas.
Cockburn’s Port spokesman added: “Whether you’re dreading spending Christmas away from your family, or secretly welcoming the extra me-time, we could all do with something to make the festive season extra special this year.
“This is why we have launched the Cockburn’s Big Night In and our specially created Cockburn’s Christmas hampers.”
TOP 10 CHRISTMAS HATES THAT WILL BE MISSED THIS YEAR
1. The chaos of all the family being together
2. Taking the mickey out of parents/siblings/loved ones
3. Last minute rush to do the Christmas shopping
4. Pretending to be enthusiastic about presents
5. Spending time with the in-laws
6. Lack of personal space
7. Bickering with family over Christmas dinner
8. Wearing a tacky Christmas jumper
9. Fighting over the TV remote
10. Dry turkey
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