With Christmas just around the corner, we’re all making our plans for the special day. Whether it be travelling to see family, or getting the food shop in to spend a day with a loved one, we all spend the day differently. Holiday Autos have done some research to find out the nations Christmas habits in their Driving Home for Christmas Survey, including the results of the top Christmas driving song and how many Christmas dinners people eat a year. Keep on reading to see a list of the results.
The top five driving songs are:
1. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
2. Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
3. Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas is you
4. Wham – Last Christmas
5. Band Aid – Do they know it`s Christmas
Overall, the UK’s favourite Christmas driving song is The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, which received 27% of the vote. In the 18-24 age bracket, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ won best driving song with 32% of the vote. For the 65+ age bracket, Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ is the winning driving song with 21% of the vote.
And here’s some more interesting results:
How many miles, on average, do you think you travel to visit family/friends at Christmas?
30.4% of people in central England drive 50 to 99 miles. 15% of Northern Irish residents have to travel 150-199 miles to see family at Christmas.
Do you have to travel overseas to see family/friends during the Christmas period?
69.6% of people in central England do not, but those that do travel mostly by train and plane, whilst 12% of people have to travel by aeroplane to see their family over Christmas.
How do you decide whose family you visit at Christmas?
48.3% in central England replies that they have the same set tradition every year. More females than males wear the trousers when it comes to deciding where to spend Christmas, with 27% of females claiming to make the Christmas decisions, compared to 22% of males.
Have you ever had arguments with your current partner, or a past partner, about whose family/friends you visit at Christmas?
47.5% of people living in central England never argue with a partner about who to visit at Christmas, but 10.8% replied that they’ve argued about it and broken up as a result. Christmas arguments are the most rife in the 25-24 age group, a quarter claiming to have argued about whose family to spend Christmas with. 73% of over 65 year olds have never argued with their partner about where to spend Christmas, but whilst 23% of people have had a ‘disagreement’ with their partner about who to visit at Christmas, 16% have had a full-blown argument.
How is your Christmas Day organised?
30.4% of people in central England pend the whole day at home and celebrate as a couple/family, and 29.6% spend the whole day at home and the wider family come to them. A fifth of 18-24 year olds spend half of Christmas day with one family, and half with their partners’. Over a third (34%) of people surveyed spend Christmas day at their own home with just their partner and/or immediate family, a quarter (25%) play host to their wider family, and over a fifth (21%) see one family on Christmas day and one family on Boxing Day.
Have you ever forgotten any of the following items before embarking on the Christmas drive?
Over half don’t, but others forget items such as food, presents, and christmas cards. Females are the most forgetful at Christmas, with 11% forgetting the presents, their toothbrush, and the Christmas cards when travelling to see families!
What is your ultimate pet peeve about driving at Christmas?
38.4% of people in central England replied with cold weather conditions, and 27.9% with traffic.
What is your ultimate pet peeve about Christmas in general?
The majority of people said that the most annoying thing was how busy the shops are (27%). Almost a fifth (19%) of people surveyed said that the most annoying thing about Christmas is the amount of money that you have to spend. For the 25-24 age bracket, their worst part about Christmas is not having enough time off work.
Do you enjoy seeing the family members that you don’t usually see throughout the year at Christmas?
16% get annoyed at the prospect of being made to see family members that you don’t usually see throughout the year, at Christmas. Males look forward to seeing family the least, almost a fifth (19%) of this gender state they don’t enjoy seeing the family members they don’t usually see during the rest of the year at Christmas. Over 65 year olds enjoy seeing their family the most at Christmas, with 91% enjoying spending time with the family members that they don’t see very often.
Out of all your family members, who do you look forward to seeing the least at Christmas?
17.5% of people in central England replied with their mother – this is double any other family member, and is the same for both males and females! – whereas 28% of Northern Irish residents regard their sister-in-laws as the family member they look forward to seeing the least. Over a quarter (26%) of 18-24 year olds look forward to seeing their mothers the least, over double any other family member! Uncle’s come second for this age group, with 12% of the vote of who people of this age don’t want to see. 10% of females dread having to see their mother-in-laws, whereas 7% of males don’t like having to socialise with their sisters.
How many Christmas dinners do you eat per year?
The majority of the UK population surveyed (37%) eat an average of two Christmas dinners every year. 22% eat three, and 11% eat four! 4% eat over six! 6% of 18-24 year olds eat over six Christmas dinners, a fifth of this age group eat three. A huge 17% of Northern Irish residents eat over six Christmas dinners!