Christmas Day stress levels can reach boiling point at 9 :37 a.m., when the enormity of Christmas Day sinks in.
Christmas Day stress levels reach boiling point at 9:37 AM, when the enormity and magnitude of the day sinks into the bloodstream.
A poll of 2,000 adults who celebrate the festive season found four in 10 find the big day stressful – with getting the lunch timings spot on causing the biggest fluster.
One in five people worry that someone might say something controversial at the dinner tables.
19% worry about the annual family grillings about their love life.
Some people find that the Christmas Eve hangover is their peak moment of festive distress.
Despite this, the research commissioned by i heart Wines, also found it is just after 9:30am when revellers will pop the cork on their first glass of bubbles or pour themselves a glass of wine on the big day – as 62 per cent admit normal food and drink rules fall by the wayside.
And with the average Christmas Day prep starting 14 days in advance – it takes only until 10:02am for many of these best laid plans to have gone out the window.
The wine brand also created a head-scratching puzzle, which challenges readers find their favourite tipples amid a scene of Christmas chaos.
Dani Buckley from the wine brand said: “Putting on the ‘perfect’ Christmas can be incredibly stressful, so why not just embrace the chaos.
“Some of the best and funniest Christmas memories are made when things start to go awry – from that one member of the family who has too much too soon, to someone mentioning Santa might be somewhat of a fabrication.
“That’s why it is so important everyone remembers this Christmas to not fret over the imperfections and just enjoy their unique – or totally wacky – festive traditions to the fullest.”
Brits rank dinner timings the most stressful
Research found that 76% of respondents had some mishaps at Christmas.
Most common are price tags placed on pressies, and forgetting to include key Christmas dinner staples.
Many have had to endure the pain of watching a movie with their parents, and then having to endure an awkward sex scene.
What’s more, 57 per cent even believe many people only put the ‘good’ parts of their day on social media so their family life appears more perfect.
44 percent believes that authentic celebrations are the most important.
After the big day is over people feel relief. Happiness is next. However, 26 percent of people feel exhausted after everything has been said and done.
Overall, 19 per cent believe they have ‘mastered’ putting on Christmas celebrations, with 29 per cent recognising they are a few steps below that elite level.
OnePoll found that 33 percent of respondents rated themselves as average in getting ready for the festive season.
Of those who have reached the pinnacle of putting on Christmas – on average they hit their perfect stride upon turning 30.
It is the most difficult part about the day. Many also say it is difficult to not stress if something goes wrong.
17 percent find that the hardest part is not to overindulge.
Dani Buckley from i heart Wines added: “Building up to the big day, we all have visions of sparking decorations on the towering green tree, crisply wrapped presents, and an immaculately laid dinner table.
“But when push comes to shove, many of us have to make some sacrifices to this idyllic idea of Christmas.
“And after the stress of getting everything sorted, it is always important to find plenty of time to put your feet up with your favourite tipple.”
Top 15 Stressful Moments on Christmas Day
1. Stressing about cooking timings
2. Christmas dinner
3. Start preparing Christmas dinner immediately
4. Realising you’ve overcooked something while cooking
5. Sneaking into kids’ rooms after midnight to place stockings – and worrying they might wake up
6. Fear that someone at the dinner table might say something slightly controversial
7. Family members may quiz you about your love and work life.
8. Make sure that no presents get lost in the mountains of discarded wrapping paper
9. To get people to eat a proper, healthy breakfast
10. Making sure everyone doesn’t drink too much
11. Negative comparisons to a high-achieving sibling or cousin
12. When everyone wakes up in the morning, it is first thing in the AM
13. Christmas Eve hangover at its peak
14. Enjoy a glass of wine at your beautifully set table
15. Deciding which film to watch after lunch
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