The most common Christmas family arguments – from opening presents to board games

Major party arguments include someone interfering with the cooking of the roast, old broadcast feuds, and people getting too invested in the rules of the board game.

But it’s this bickering that makes family life so enjoyable, according to half of those surveyed.

The research was commissioned by, in conjunction with Christmas Lotto, which offers guaranteed prize money during the festive season.

A spokesperson said: “They are a rare family indeed who can go through the whole season without any disagreements.

“It is likely to be particularly inconvenient this year, as many people will have really gotten used to their own space, after all the lockdowns.

“So adding extended family, kids, pets and who knows what else, can definitely come together to bring things to a boil.”

British families will even find time to argue over who should sit on the floor in the living room because there are no seats left, and whether or not to listen to the Queen’s Speech.

In past Christmases, another fifth disagreed on which movie to watch, while 15% kicked off with someone trying to get them to eat or drink more than they need. wanted.

Politics was rated as the conversation most likely to trigger a family argument, selected by 36% of respondents.

One in five people (22%) can’t have a conversation about money without it descending into chaos, and a tenth can’t even talk about the weather for fear of starting an argument.

However, 41% say their arguments can be attributed to it being all about “family”, while 26% accuse it of overdoing it on Christmas spirits.

Another third believe that Christmas is simply too much time spent near other family members at one time.

Siblings were rated the most mischievous at this time of year and likely to cause arguments (18%), while 11% point the finger at their mother-in-law.

More than half (56%) say the big day just wouldn’t be the same without a few disagreements here and there.

And almost a quarter (24%) admit that they can’t wait for one of their family members to make a totally inappropriate comment.

But 48% try to stagger the arrival of guests with volatile stories, according to research conducted via

The Lottoland spokesperson added: “Planning Christmas can be a big stress, especially if you have family members who don’t get along.

“Whether it’s trying to cook a roast everyone will love or keeping the peace during Monopoly, getting the family together can be both tense and wonderful.

“It’s no wonder the Christmas Lotto is so popular at this time of year, with families, friends and neighbors banding together to buy tickets.”

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  1. Intervene in the cooking of the roast
  2. Someone gets too drunk
  3. Airing old feuds
  4. Board game specific rules, i.e. whether the income tax should be placed in the middle of the board in Monopoly, so anyone who lands on the free parking lot can collect it
  5. Someone comments on the way the food is cooked
  6. What movie to watch
  7. Who cheated at the board game
  8. What time for lunch
  9. What game to play
  10. Being encouraged to eat and drink when you’re done
  11. What time to get up in the morning
  12. Who will sit where at the table
  13. Someone wants to go out with friends but others want them to stay home
  14. Go for a walk or not
  15. When to open Christmas presents – first thing in the morning or after lunch
  16. Ask a loved one a question you really should already know the answer to
  17. When a toy breaks or doesn’t work
  18. Who sits on the floor in the living room because there are no more seats
  19. Stacks of unfair gifts
  20. Whether or not to watch the Queen’s Speech
  21. Who opens their gifts first
  22. If everyone has to wear a Christmas hat/sweater
  23. Dietary needs
  24. Who gets the last roast potato
  25. What to wear on Christmas Day – dress up or stay in pajamas
  26. Who distributes the gifts under the tree
  27. Someone gets a really inappropriate gift
  28. Mistaking the name of a boyfriend/girlfriend
  29. If there are not enough batteries for everyone
  30. Receiving a type of alcohol you don’t like

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