Saturday 24 March 2018

The greatest crime at Christmas... sneaking biscuits from the second layer of the tin

McVities Biscuit tin
McVities Biscuit tin

David Kearns

The ultimate crime on Santa’s naughty list has been revealed, sneaking biscuits from the second layer of the Christmas tin while the top layer remains.

The scoffing of biscuits and sweets from the second layer of the tin has been named as the “ultimate Christmas taboo” by Christmas FM listeners.

A survey conducted by the festive charity radio station found that 38pc of us ranked the foul deed as their number one pet peeve at Christmas.

This was closely followed by opening presents on Christmas Eve (37pc) and telling children that they are on Santa’s bold list (16pc).

Included in the festive questionnaire was also listeners’ worst fears for presents, and, surprise surprise, clothing topped the list.

A third of us are worried we will get clothing that would not fit, while 33pc said they hate getting bath sets. 

Novelty socks (10pc), domestic appliances (9pc) and weight loss (5pc) equipment rounded out the list.

Despite all the doom and gloom, Christmas FM said that listeners were also asked to vote on their Christmas Day board game.

Topping the poll was that old family favourite (and the likely cause for the majority of festive fights) Monopoly with 33pc of the vote.

Close on its heels was Trivial Pursuit, Guess Who and Charades.

Asked to name their top moment of 2015, listeners voted overwhelming in favour of the passing of the Marriage Equality Bill (50pc), followed by Ireland qualifying for the Euros (12pc) and Ireland becoming the fasted growing economy in Europe (7pc).

Further interesting insights from the Christmas FM survey include: 

  • The greatest Christmas wish is for people to spend time with absent family and friends (27pc)      
  • 63pc of people admit to not opening presents on Christmas Eve while 33 pc of people exchange one each     
  • ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ was voted the favourite novelty Christmas song (42pc)
  • 48pc of people look forward to the classic Christmas films on TV such as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’·        
  • 19pc of people’s favourite Christmas Eve tradition is to eat Christmas pudding, followed by going to mass (15 pc)

This year Christmas FM has been raising awareness and funds for Make A Wish Ireland, a charity who work to grant children with terminal or life threatening conditions their dream wish come true.

Since 2008, the charity radio station has raised over €600,000 for groups such ISPCC Barnardos, Simon, Focus Ireland, Aware and Age Action.

If you would like to donate to Christmas FM, visit their website here.

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