Sunday 20 August 2017

TV rows mar the festive spirit

A survey has revealed the most common arguments had between families during the Christmas period
A survey has revealed the most common arguments had between families during the Christmas period

What to watch on television and relatives over-indulging in Christmas spirit are the most likely causes of arguments over the festive season, a survey said.

Television-related issues soared into first place with 62% of over 2,000 respondents citing them as the most likely cause of an argument at Christmas, according to a survey carried out by satellite television service Freesat.

Twenty-two percent said deciding what programmes to watch was the main cause of a clash at Christmas, while 19% argued over who controls the television remote.

Thirteen percent debated which programmes to record, and 8% argued about whether to watch the Queen's speech.

Inebriated family members provoked arguments among 21% of respondents.

Sixteen percent said they argued over who does the washing up.

Common irritations included Christmas television specials, which 30% of respondents said they were disappointed with, and excessive packaging on toys.

Sixteen percent of those surveyed said they resented having to go to the supermarket to stock up on food.

For all the arguments and disappointments, however, over half of the respondents, 56%, said they would rather be at home for Christmas.

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