Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2019

Christmas joyless – Britons fall out with relatives on Boxing Day afternoon

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Disagreements over board games, what to watch on TV and politics are among the most common niggles. Other tensions included having to share a room at night, being asked to look after other family members’ kids and being the only single person in the family. In fact, the research of 600 adults, by, found 26 percent of those aged 18 to 34 have been nagged about being unattached.

And a quarter of younger adults have also faced criticism for not being good with money (25 percent) and not having a better job (25 percent).

Emma Tagg, of brand said: “With Grandma giving you the ‘why are you still single?’ side eye, your constant ‘availability’ for babysitting and the ongoing questions about your lack of savings, festive family gatherings can all get a bit much.”

Other struggles at Christmas include being surrounded by perfect couples, enduring public displays of affection and having to entertain noisy kids rather than take it easy.

Four in 10 of all those polled admit they tend to get to a point when they cannot bear to spend any more time with their family.

Sadly, one in 10 admit they only stay with their family at Christmas because they have nowhere else to go, while a fifth said the alternative of having to stay in a hotel would be too expensive.

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also identified the best things about being single over the festive period.

These include being able to choose how they spend their time (48 percent), having no responsibilities (45 percent) and having one less present to buy (33 percent).

Love Island star Amy Hart said: “I love spending Christmas with my family, but being surrounded by couples and being constantly asked ‘are you dating anyone?’ or ‘any new boys on the scene?’ can get a little much.

“That’s why I am working with to give those happily single people out there 50 percent off hotel rooms on December 26, when you just need to escape the Xmas chaos.

“The Xmas Escape rates gives everyone a break from the nagging questions, babysitting the nephews and nieces and lets you have some well-deserved me time.”

Individuals wanting to escape their family on Boxing Day (December 26) can get 50 per cent off hotel stays that night by using the code: Xmasescape.

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