Board games cause most arguments over Christmas

A study by the UK’s leading discount website has revealed that a third of families will argue over the Christmas holidays, with board games being the main cause. Arguments will also be caused by d gifts and which TV programmes will be watched.
By: Charlotte Horsfall
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Dec. 23, 2010 - PRLog -- The UK’s leading discount and voucher code website, asked 1,297 people across the UK if they usually argue with their family during the festive period and, if so, what the main causes of these arguments were.  

The research, by, revealed that more than a third of families, 34%, will argue over the Christmas and the New Year break and a further 18% admitted that they will argue with their family and loved ones on Christmas Day itself.
When asked the multi-answer question by ‘Which of the following are you likely to argue about with your family and loved ones over the Christmas and New Year break?’ board games topped the poll with 68% of those asked agreeing, shortly followed by dislike of gifts and what to watch on TV.

According to the research by, the top 10 causes of family arguments over the Christmas and New Year period are:
1.       Board Games – 68%
2.       Disliked gifts – 66%
3.       TV programmes – 63%
4.       Driving responsibilities – 61%
5.       Cooking responsibilities – 58%
6.       Tension with In-laws – 54%
7.       Sharing parental responsibilities – 51%
8.       Too much alcohol consumption – 47%
9.       Lack of time spent with family – 44%
10.   Working over the break – 41%

Other reasons for people arguing over Christmas and New Year holiday include ‘building children’s toys’ (38%) and ‘time spent on the phone’ (34%).
Mark Pearson, chairman of, commented on the findings:
“Christmas is all about spending time with family, but it’s also a notoriously bad time for arguments and tensions, as the study has shown. It is great fun to settle down with a board game or watch a Christmas film and get into the festive spirit. However, I do agree that sometimes the idea is rosier than the reality.”

He continued,

“Whether you’re falling out over who is doing the cooking or fighting over the TV remote on Christmas day, the most important thing to remember is that it only comes around once a year, so avoid ruining it if you can. If people are looking to purchase some entertainment for the festive break, is a great place to find discount codes to get money off.”

If you would like any more information or an interview with Mark Pearson, please contact Charlotte Horsfall at 10 Yetis PR Agency on 01452 348211 or email


Mark Pearson, Chairman of MyVoucherCodes is a regular media contributor regarding online shopping and the credit crunch. At 29, his personal worth is more than £30 million. Mark was previously a trainee chef working for Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, London.
MyVoucherCodes has had sales exceeding £481m in the last year
Consumer savings on online shopping via up from £28m in 2008 to £52m in 2009.

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