Festive Fallouts

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Festive Fallouts: Half of Britons Argue with Family at Christmas with the Majority of Arguments over Family Disputes

New research from the UK’s leading discount brand has revealed that 54% of Britons regularly argue with their family on Christmas Day, with the majority struggling to manage old family disputes. Furthermore, two fifths of those who won’t be with their family on Christmas Day actively choose to spend the festive day without relatives.

A new study from the UK’s top money-saving brand has revealed that more than half of people who see their family at Christmas will have an argument on the big day. Of those who don’t see their family, two fifths confessed that they actively choose to be without them for the holiday, with many wanting to avoid certain family members and potential arguments.

The research, conducted by www.vouchercloud.com, polled 2,364 British adults, all of whom were 18 years old or over, with an even split of male and female respondents. In order to be eligible for the survey, all respondents stated that they celebrated Christmas. The survey was conducted as part of ongoing research into the socio-economic behaviours of UK citizens around the festive period.

Initially, all respondents were asked: “Will you be spending Christmas Day with family this year?” to which the vast majority (76%) stated that they were planning to be with their family on Christmas Day. The remaining respondents were asked whether they had actively chosen not to spend the holiday with their relatives, to which two fifths (42%) stated that it was their choice not to be with family at Christmas. The main reasons behind Britons’ decisions to steer clear of their relatives was revealed as wanting to avoid certain family members (35%) and potential rows or arguments (28%). A further 6% confessed that they were not spending Christmas with their family because they were unable to afford gifts this year.christmas fall out

In order to get a deeper insight into the typical British family Christmas, the survey then asked all respondents who were spending Christmas with family whether they usually argue with their relatives during the day. More than half of respondents (54%) confessed that they do have arguments with their family at Christmas, with the following reasons voted as the top five causes behind their Christmas day discrepancies:

  1. Family Disputes (current and historic) – 32%
  2. Alcohol – 29%
  3. Competitive games – 25%
  4. Television – 18%
  5. Gifts – 12%


Matthew Wood of vouchercloud.com made the following comments:

“Christmas, traditionally, is the time of the year when families congregate to enjoy some time together, away from work and every day pressures.  There are, of course, many people who are unable to spend the day with their loved ones, such as people in the armed forces or national services, but it is interesting to see just how many people actively avoid their families at Christmas simply because they just don’t want to spend time with them.”

He added:

“It seems a shame to miss out on a traditional family Christmas just because of trivial tiffs or being unable to afford gifts. For those who have had rows, or feel that they are brewing under the surface, we’d suggest getting together in advance of Christmas Day itself and clearing the air. It can be a great time for forgiveness and starting over, so take the opportunity to turn a new page and start over.”