The top 10 reasons for family arguments on Christmas Day

What to watch on TV is most common cause of rows, followed by the mess after presents have been opened and trying to get new toys to work 

Gemma Francis
Monday 17 December 2018 17:43 GMT
The average family will have at least one row on Christmas Day, according to the survey
The average family will have at least one row on Christmas Day, according to the survey (Getty iStock/ Estradaanton)

The average parent spends at least 41 minutes trying to get new toys to work on Christmas Day before taking a nap at 3.30pm, a study has claimed.

The survey also found that, on average, families will open 30 presents on Christmas morning and eat their first chocolates at 11.53am.

While parents will generally spend two hours and 16 minutes playing with their children and their new toys, the average child will cry at 10.28am because their parents are not able to get their toys to work.

The study found that more than 80 million gifts opened across the UK on Christmas Day are expected to require batteries, but 52 per cent of families say they are at risk of forgetting to buy any.

As a result, one in four households are likely to need to send someone on a trip to buy batteries on the day.

One in 10 of the survey’s respondent’s said they would pretend a toy was broken to prevent leaving the house in search of batteries, commissioners Duracell claimed.

The study of 2,000 adults, including almost 1,000 parents of children aged under 18, found the average child wakes up at 6.07am – 75 minutes earlier than on a “normal” morning.

The survey also found that the average family will spend an hour and 31 minutes playing board games together on Christmas Day, with Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble the most popular choices.

The average family will have at least one argument on the day, with what to watch on TV the most common cause of a row.

Others will argue over the Christmas dinner, the mess after the presents have been opened and the stress of trying to get new toys to work, it is claimed.

It also emerged that 38 per cent of the survey’s respondents have bought a present which needed batteries, without noticing the “batteries not included” message on the packaging.

Over 50 per cent said they will take batteries out of something else to fix the problem, while one in four are prepared to go to a shop which is open to buy them.

Top 10 reasons for Christmas Day rows

1. Deciding what to watch on TV

2. Fighting over the Christmas dinner

3. Someone having too much to drink

4. People constantly on their gadgets / social media

5. Deciding who is doing the washing up

6. The mess after the presents have opened

7. Trying to get new toys/ gadgets to work

8. Playing board games

9. Children moaning about their presents or not getting something they wanted

10. Children moaning about being bored


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