Familial festivities

Hannah ThompsonYouGovLabs and UK Public Opinion Website Editor
December 06, 2010, 4:00 PM GMT+0

80% of the British population are planning to spend Christmas Day with immediate family members this year, our poll reveals.

While it may be a typical Christmas joke to complain about spending the holiday with family, with everything from Slade’s pop classic Merry Xmas Everybody (lyrics provided below…*) to The Times newspaper columnist India Knight’s new book Comfort and Joy referencing the sometimes dysfunctional but always interesting dynamics of family life at Christmas, it seems most will be surrounded by their partner, parents, siblings and children come December 25th.

  • A further 10% will spend the day with their partner’s family
  • 8% with extended family such as aunts, uncles and cousins
  • 9% will celebrate the season with friends
  • 5% will spend the day alone

See the survey details and full results

*(“Are you waiting for the family to arrive? Are you sure you’ve got the room to spare inside? Does your granny always tell you that the old songs are the best? Then she’s up and rock and rolling with the rest?”)