“Staying with the family for Christmas causes arguments!” says hotel chain

With the festive season throwing together families across the country, what better way to spread Christmas cheer than to remind people how stressful it can be to be around your loved ones. Take this from the Telegraph, complete with the inevitable henpecked husband photo:

First argument on Christmas Day? 10.13am

The average British family will have at least five arguments on Christmas Day – with the first row taking place at 10.13am, a new survey shows.

The research surveyed 2,000 British households to see how Christmas Day will be celebrated.

And after the early confrontation, the next family row will take place at 12.42pm when 38 per cent of children will moan about receiving the wrong presents.

Source: Telegraph, 23rd December 2012

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Also getting into the festive spirit was the Daily Express:

YOUR FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY ROW WILL BE AT 10.13AM

Couples have their first row at 10.13am on Christmas Day/posed by models

SEASON of goodwill? Perhaps not. The average British family will have at least five arguments on Christmas Day.

Researchers can even say when the first of tomorrow’s rows will take place – at 10.13am, as preparations get under way.

The early confrontation will be followed by the next family tiff just over two hours later at 12.42pm – when 38 per cent of children will moan about receiving the wrong presents.

Source: Daily Express, 24th December 2012

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Who can we thank for this slice of Seasonal sunshine?

The study by hotel chain Travelodge surveyed 2,000 British households to see how Christmas Day will be celebrated – or not.

We can be certain that the press release came from Travelodge, as they publish the whole thing in the Press Office of their website:

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It might seem odd that a hotel firm might want to publicise the idea that Christmases around our family are hard to bear and cause a huge amount of friction – what would they have to gain from promoting this view (besides getting the name into the national press, which is a goal in itself)?

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “Christmas Day entails lots of excitement, tension and high expectations. Therefore family flare-ups are bound to happen, especially as lots of people are staying together under one roof.

“To ease tensions this year we have noticed that more Britons are booking their Christmas guests into a nearby Travelodge to help reduce the additional family stress factor. By stopping over at a nearby hotel, all parties get the space that they need and when united on the day they can truly enjoy their family time together.”

So the angle becomes clear: stay with your families at Christmas and you’ll have a miserable time, but book into a nearby hotel and you’ll be able to approach your family with love and harmony. Merry Christmas one and all, from the Travelodge PR team!