Holiday Autos is a site that helps people compare car hire providers. It works with brands like Europcar, Avis and Hertz. This year Holiday Autos has done some research into driving home for Christmas. You know the sort of stats; 23% of couples have had at least some for disagreement over who to visit for Christmas and that sort of thing.
I noticed some interesting little stats right at the bottom of the survey. Are you looking forward to seeing your mum this holiday? 14% of people in Holiday Auto’s survey said it was their own mother they least looked forward to seeing. The stat was the same for males and females and was double any other family members. Do mothers worry so much over Christmas that they let the stress get to them?
The figure was even worse among 18-24 year olds. A whopping 26% of young people weren’t keen on spending time with their own mum this Christmas.
It goes on; for people in the 55-64 age range it was the sister-in-law who was the most dreaded family member for the Christmas get together. Some 10% of females found the impending meeting with their mother-in-laws shuddersome and 7% of males didn’t even want to socialise with their own sisters. In Northern Ireland a huge 28% of people in the survey put their sister-in-law at the bottom of the meet and greet pile.
In Pure Spirit
You can see Holiday Auto’s write up of the survey over on their blog. They talk about things like the item you’re most likely to forget on a Christmas trip (your toothbrush) and favourite Christmas driving tunes. I’m afraid it took this blogger to notice and worry about this sinister festival transformation of women.
It’s worth noting that this “women are monsters at Christmas” is not a claim being made exclusively by men. Women aren’t looking forward to meeting their female family members either.
Do you think this is because women worry so much about Christmas that they get stressed? What are your theories?
Image credit: Jim Hiro at Deviant Art.