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Christmas Day cheer to peak at 1.55pm

Nick Bramhill

Published 19/12/2011 | 05:00

The study
found that
people are
happiest on
Christmas
Day after
gifts have
been opened
and the
dinner has
been served
The study found that people are happiest on Christmas Day after gifts have been opened and the dinner has been served

PEOPLE will be happiest at exactly 1.55pm on Christmas Day, a new study has revealed.

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Families feel most relaxed at that time because gifts have been opened, dinner has been prepared and served and kids are occupied with their toys.

Despite the stress in the build-up to Christmas, over half of those quizzed in a new poll say Christmas Day is their favourite holiday, and a third say it's their most enjoyable day of the year. The study, which included more than 2,000 people, was commissioned by Three Barrels Brandy.

A spokesman said: "Christmas morning tends to be a rush in most households. Mums are struggling with the dinner, children are unwrapping presents and dads are finding batteries to go in the toys.

"It's important to try and enjoy those more hectic moments as well, as these often make the funniest Christmas memories."

Three quarters of those quizzed blamed the preparation of Christmas dinner as being responsible for any stress caused on the morning of the 25th. But once dinner is served, 56pc of people reach their most content point of the day.

The spokesman added: "It's sometimes easy to get carried away with the planning and worry that comes with arranging Christmas, and before you know it it's been and gone.

"On Christmas Day most adults are more concerned about creating a happy day for everyone else, but it is important that people can enjoy the holiday for themselves as well."

Irish Independent

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