First family argument on Christmas Day at 10.13am

Families soon forget 'tis the season to be jolly. Family flare-ups 'inevitable' says psychologist

It's supposed to be the time for peace and goodwill to all men, but the average British family will have at least five arguments on Christmas Day, with the first row taking place at 10.30am, a new survey suggests.

This early morning spat will be followed by another at around 12.42pm when children moan about receiving the wrong presents to stressed out parents, according to research by Travel Lodge.The time for goodwill to all men? Depends if they get the right present, really...! ©Rex

Some 2,000 British households were surveyed by the hotel chain to find out how Britain celebrates Christmas Day.

Nearly half of those surveyed said they expected a confrontation between parents sometime between 1pm and 3pm, due to the father having one too many while the mother is stressing about the Christmas meal.

The traditional Christmas dinner will be served at around 2.23pm across the country, the survey found. However this will also be accompanied by an outbreak of hostilities at around 3.24pm when family members and relatives start squabbling about family gossip, ‘who is the better person’, and resurrecting old family arguments.

Over indulgence in food and drink results in an evening of bickering and rowing - particularly at around 6.05pm, when people start arguing over the remote control.

This will then be followed by an outburst at 7.25pm by senior family members trying to play charades.

At 10.15pm after the liqueurs have been drunk and the last mince pie has been eaten, tempers will flare yet again just before bedtime when the pressures of the day culminate and the cost involved in delivering the perfect Christmas hit home.

Corinne Sweet, a relationship psychologist said: “It’s not only the turkey that gets overheated at Christmas, family flare-ups are inevitable, especially as people who seldom see each other are suddenly thrown together for the whole day.

“To avoid festive flare ups in your house this year my advice is to look out for triggers that might set off or cause arguments and avoid them at all costs.

"And, if an argument does break out, make the people involved aware of how it affects the rest of the family.

"The most important thing on Christmas Day is to try and relax and have fun, make your expectations realistic and try to appreciate the time spent together with your family."

Despite the acrimony, eighty five per cent of those who took part on the survey said they enjoyed hosting Christmas Day despite the stresses and cost involved of entertaining relatives.

Some 13 per cent of Britons said they planned to make time to celebrate peace on Earth and goodwill by going to church while 27 per cent said they will be sitting down to watch the Queen's Speech with their family.