Colds, working late and untimely gifts are among the biggest contributors to holiday temperatures, survey reveals

Catching a cold, gifts not arriving on time and having to work late on Christmas Eve are the most common things that hinder the festive spirit of the nation.

A study of 2,000 UK adults celebrating Christmas found that almost half – or 26 million people – have been affected by non-Covid related obstacles in the past.

Getting a cold before Christmas is one of the best things about the festival, according to Britons surveyed


Getting a cold before Christmas is one of the best things about the festival, according to Britons surveyedCredit: Getty

And 1 in 10 claim they have never had a trouble-free Christmas.

This year, however, the country is adopting an ‘unstoppable’ attitude when it comes to celebrations, with 83 per cent planning to use creative tactics to ensure their festive spirit is not tarnished. decline.

They simply ‘laugh about it’ (33%), go for a walk (31%) and watch a Christmas movie (31%).

And some plan to take a more energetic approach to overcoming any setbacks this season, with a fifth hoping to dance to Christmas songs and a sixth even meaning intend to practice.

The research commissioned by Tesco coincides with the release of the Christmas campaign celebrating the holiday season that has officially returned from last year’s disappointment – and in keeping with the Queen’s iconic track, Its advertising has been established, nothing will stop the nation from enjoying the festival.

It also shows that in order to maintain their festive spirit when things don’t go as planned, the equivalent of 3.7 million people in the UK have organized to ‘turn on the lights’ at home when forced to miss a venue. direction.

While 4.3 million people threw a Christmas party at their home to make up for the missed work celebration.

Another 3.7 million people improvised and covered their festive outfits with novelty accessories like jewelry and bows.

And when faced with a broken heel while celebrating, more than 3 million people in the UK broke their other heel and kept dancing.

The aspects of Christmas that bring the country the most joy were named Christmas dinner (51%), Christmas tree decoration (41%) and everywhere covered with lights and decorations ( 41%).

Chocolate oranges (22%), store-bought mince pies (21%) and cheese (29%) are also among the top things to bring about the most joy at Christmas.


1. Having a cold leads to the big day

2. The gifts they ordered online didn’t arrive in time for the big day

3. Stuck at work late on Christmas Eve

4. Can’t get the festival food items they want

5. Having to untangle the Christmas lights

6. Unable to leave the house due to bad weather, such as snow or heavy rain

7. Out of wrapping paper and no time to buy again

8. ‘Dream gift’ is being sold out

9. Didn’t get the gift you wanted

10. Friends and family don’t like the gifts you buy them

11. Not enjoying the Christmas meal

12. Having to spend Christmas at A&E

13. The bar/restaurant is too tight to reserve a table

14. Having to deal with urgent business on Christmas Day

15. Power cut on Christmas Day

Based on research findings and to reward those who have demonstrated an ‘unstoppable’ festive spirit, Tesco is giving away cash prizes on its social channels today.

The supermarket will urge people to nominate their own ‘unstoppable’ Christmas heroes on Facebook and Instagram channels before the weekend, for a chance to win £200 to cover the Christmas store.

Alessandra Bellini, Customer Manager at Tesco, said: “We know that Christmas is a hugely important time for many of our customers and it is clear from our research that the spirit of determination is country will make sure we get the most out of it this year, no problem.

“We want to celebrate this and let the nation know that whatever happens this December, Tesco will be here to help everyone have a merry and joyful Christmas.”


1) Laugh about it

2) Go for a walk

3) Watch Christmas movies

4) Festive chocolate meal / a selection box

5) Sing along to Christmas songs

6) Take a deep breath

7) Eat a mince pie

8) Watch a Christmas episode of my favorite TV show

9) Dance to Christmas songs

10) Do some exercises

Removing the wobbly Christmas lights is another big pain


Removing the wobbly Christmas lights is another big painCredit: Getty
Create your own amazing hot chocolate station in your home! Colds, working late and untimely gifts are among the biggest contributors to holiday temperatures, survey reveals

Huynh Nguyen

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