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25th Dec 2018

These are the 10 biggest causes of family arguments on Christmas Day

Any of these sound familiar?

The average family will spend 11 hours and 6 minutes arguing over the holiday season, according to new research.

But there’s one day in particular day that causes more arguments than the rest: Christmas Day.

The research, conducted by Bolsover Cruise Club, found that the peak time for rows on December 25 is just as the afternoon festivities kick off: around 12:06pm.

And on that one day alone, families spend an average of 1 hour and 13 minutes bickering.

More than one in six (66 per cent) of people said that Christmas dinner preparation was the main source of their arguments with family on Christmas Day.

And squabbles spurred on by board games were a close second, with 54 per cent of people admitting that was their reasons or arguing on December 25.

Rounding out the top five are entertaining the in-laws (51 per cent), drinking too much on Christmas Day (45 per cent) and not being appreciative (38 per cent).

The top 10 causes of arguments on Christmas Day are…

  1. Christmas dinner preparation (66 per cent)
  2. Board game arguments (54 per cent)
  3. Entertaining the in-laws (51 per cent)
  4. Drinking too much on Christmas Day (45 per cent)
  5. Not being appreciative (38 per cent)
  6. Fighting over TV channels (35 per cent)
  7. Washing up (31 per cent)
  8. Receiving a bad present with no thought (22 per cent)
  9. Being hungover from Christmas Eve (20 per cent)
  10. People sleeping in on Christmas morning (17 per cent)