The top 10 things that cause festive fights

One4all Gift Cards has partnered with Martine McCutcheon, star of Love ActuallyOne4all Gift Cards has partnered with Martine McCutcheon, star of Love Actually
One4all Gift Cards has partnered with Martine McCutcheon, star of Love Actually
For millions of us, Christmas is often filled with dramatic soap-like dramas we all wish could stay on-screen, new research revealing what makes households across the nation come to blows over the festive period.

A survey of 1,012 UK adults, from One4all Gift Cards, has revealed that for those who experience family dramas over the festive season, finding and buying Christmas presentstops the list as the biggest tiff to hit households in the UK.

For more than 1 in 10 Brits, it’s deciding who hosts Christmas which causes an argument and completing the top three is the age-old debate – deciding when to put up the Christmas tree.

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Delving into the Christmas battle of who controls the TV, it’s Christmas films like Love Actually that win out over Christmas special programmes and soaps.

In fact, Love Actually topped the list as the film Brits are most looking forward to watching this year, followed by Elf and Home Alone.

The research further revealed the top gifting dramas at Christmas as 89 percent of Brits confess to receiving at least one unwanted gift in their lifetime, which causes tension and leads to disappointment on Christmas Day.

This is something more than one in 10 say happens every year with bath and soap sets, food and drinks and framed picturesbeing the most common unwanted gifts.

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Yet, despite all the drama, more than half of Brits admit the Christmas chaos in the build-up to the big day is worth it in the end, with nearly half confessing it is their most cherished time of the year with their family.

Lou Hickey, marketing director at One4all Gift Cards,said: “Although Christmas is the most magical time of the year, the stress of decision-making and hosting duties can often cause chaos and drama amongst households across the UK.

"Whether you’re deciding to have a real or fake tree or who cooks the all-important Christmas dinner, it’s vital to put the drama aside at Christmas and make the most of spending quality time with loved ones.’

“To help ensure your gift doesn’t cause any drama this festive season, why not treat loved ones to a One4all Christmas Gift Card, which allows the recipient to choose something they really want and will help to keep the peace this Christmas.”

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One4all Gift Cards has partnered with Martine McCutcheon as their Christmas Agony Aunt, as she helps to solve the nation’s festive dramas this year.

Top Ten Christmas Family Dramas

Finding and buy Christmas presents (21%)

Deciding who hosts Christmas (15%)

Deciding when to put up the tree (11%)

What to watch on TV (10%)

Being a general bah humbug (10%)

Setting or not sticking to Christmas budgets (9%)

Who cooks Christmas dinner (5%)

What time to open presents on Christmas Day (3%)

Deciding what Christmas films to watch (2%)

What type of tree to have – real or fake (2%)

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