UK adults believe there is no such thing as the perfect Christmas and instead embrace family squabbles and awkwardness on 25th December, according to new research.
According to the survey of 1,031 UK adults, carried out by One4all, the Post Office gift card, an overwhelming number (67%) of British families squabble at Christmas.
Playing board games was the most common (24%) cause of family feuds at Christmas.
Children squabbling over toys (22%), the host/hostess not having enough help (19%), giving and receiving gifts (18%) and deciding what to watch on TV followed in the top five.
Indeed, 3 million Brits believe there is no such thing as the perfect Christmas.
The research also polled respondents about what contributes to their idea of the perfect Christmas, and found it is the small things that really matter.
Opening presents as a family (61%), watching Christmas films (46%) and TV programmes (42%) together, pulling Christmas crackers and indulging in sweets (35%) all play their part in the perfect, quintessentially British Christmas Day.
Aoife Davey, group marketing manager at One4all Gift Cards, commented: “There’s something so magical about Christmas Day and all that comes with it – even down to the usual squabbles over a game of Monopoly or a burned turkey! Tensions do run high at Christmas time, but often (as the research has shown) it is over very minor things like games and which Christmas special to watch on TV.”
Glaswegians (77%) were the most likely to experience arguments on Christmas Day, closely followed by those in Edinburgh and Newcastle (both 73%).
Meanwhile, those in Nottingham experienced the most harmonious Christmases (56%), closely followed by Liverpudlians (56%).