Christmas is just nine sleeps away and we can’t wait… especially for the main event: DINNER!
Christmas is all about indulging after all, but what really goes on behind closed doors? What are the nation’s favourite and least favourite bits of the festive feast? Who does the shopping? Who does the cooking? And who is just too drunk to help out? Well, we asked 2,000 UK adults about their experiences and traditions on the big day so we could unveil the truths behind the much-loved Christmas dinner.
Click below to see our new infographic – The 12 Truths of Christmas Dinner:
When it comes down to business – the food – pigs in blankets rolled in as a national treasure, smothered in nothing less than the defining factor of all festive feasts – gravy – a make-or-break component of the meal according to 44% of the nation. We clearly love our Christmas dinner and the fact that 10 million turkeys are killed in the UK for Christmas each year (a downright turkey massacre) will not stop us from gobbling up as much of the big bird as possible.
In fact, quite a few of us get a little over excited when it comes to gobbling as much as possible, with 15% of people – the equivalent of nearly 8 million Brits – saying they over do it so much in the eating and drinking department that they have actually been sick on Christmas day. Meanwhile, 12% of Brits (especially men) saying they are drunk before the dinner is even served.
The excessive amount of booze chugged down might be a result of the stress that surrounds the Christmas dinner itself. When it comes to cooking the roast to end all roasts, a third of men step up to the task (33%); however, double the amount of men (15%) than women (7%) also admitted to lying in order to get out of doing the Christmas food shop. To be fair, 35% of Brits did say that the Christmas food shop was the most stressful trip to the supermarket ALL YEAR (obviously they haven’t discovered Ubamarket yet). Not to mention the 28% of us who have had to make a last-minute trip to the shops to buy forgotten ingredients. It’s no wonder then that 16% of those quizzed said they had had an argument with a partner or family member over the Christmas dinner.
Drunkenness, food comas and shopping mayhem are all par for the course at this time of the year – but this festive season we hope to help you out just a little with those forgotten sprouts and stressful supermarket queues… even if we can’t do anything about the family feuds and Boxing Day hangovers!