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Bah-Humbug: 50 Things That Drive Us Mad About Xmas


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It may be a time of good will to all men - but a new survey has revealed the 50 things that drive us mad about Christmas.

The study by First Choice Holidays asked 3,000 Brits to pick out the things that get up their noses over the festive period.

Everything from irritating Christmas music played on a loop in a shopping centre to over-decorated houses and the Christmas No1 were on the list; even unwelcome relatives got a mention.

Stress, queues in stores, being stuck in traffic and rubbish cracker jokes also emerged as major festive bug bears for us this Yule Tide.

And ironically, people who don't like Christmas also made the top 50. But top of the list for Christmas peeves was novelty tit-tat such as tinsel earrings and Santa hats.

A spokeswoman for First Choice said: '"We understand how stressful Christmas time can be for many families, which is why many of us are packing up our things and jetting off abroad for some winter sun or a ski trip.

"We have seen an increase in Christmas holidays over the years with this season following a similar pattern.

"It's no wonder people opt to get away from it all when you see the list of pet hates. Rather than forking out on buying presents for distant relatives you don't like, or battling the crowds, we say treat yourselves to a festive break for Christmas or the New Year and save the Yule Tide rush for another year!"

The results make miserable reading so if you're one of those people who loves everything about Christmas - look away now.


1. Novelty tit-tat
2. The sales
3. Christmas Carol ringtones
4. Traffic
5. Queues
6. Unwelcome Relatives
7. Shopping
8. Christmas adverts
9. Drunks
10. Rubbish television
11. Hang-overs
12. The Queen's speech
13. Washing up
14. Excessively decorated houses
15. Bad jokes in crackers
16. Putting on weight
17. The weather
18. Unwanted mistletoe bearers
19. Travelling on congested roads
20. Family-related stress
21. People going on about the real reason for Christmas
22. Broken fairy lights
23. Poor public transport
24. Packed pubs
25. Falling asleep on Christmas Day
26. Pine needles
27. Fake snow in windows
28. The Christmas No1
29. Receiving socks
30. Nauseating drinks parties
31. Brussel sprouts
32. Fake Christmas trees
33. Rubbish pantomimes
34. Working over Christmas
35. The office party
36. Thank you letters
37. Fig rolls
38. Miserable shop assistants
39. Tinsel
40. People throwing up on the streets
41. Christmas pudding
42. Secret Santa
43. Wrapping presents
44. Not getting what you want
45. Cold turkey sandwiches
46. Bad carol singers
47. Wearing the cracker hat
48. Rubbish gifts in crackers
49. Irritating Christmas music on a loop in a shopping centre
50. People who hate Christmas


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Title: Bah-Humbug
Re: First Choice Holiday Group
Date: 11/12/2007

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