Forget Brussels sprouts and doing the washing up; visiting a relative’s cold house, being forced to take shoes off and missing Christmas TV are the nation’s biggest fears about the busy festive period.
Seeing friends and family at their cold home came out as Britain’s biggest bugbear in a survey from Worcester, Bosch Group with one in four people dreading spending time in a cold room away from home.
Despite being cold, and true to the stereotype, Brits are far too polite to complain, as only 20% said they would tell their host they are chilly. The rest would grin and bear it (30.8%), make a joke out of it (16%), keep their coat on (15.7%) or just avoid visiting the cold-blooded relatives at all (4.4%).
The next biggest gripes about Christmas, from the survey of 2065 people, were missing TV specials (22%), being made to take shoes off (19%) and tolerating screaming children (19%).
So 19% of the 2065 people dislike having to take their shoes off when visiting relatives? This may be surprising given that removing shoes in homes has become very common, however, that they are complaining about this shows that it is not at all unusual for shoes-off to be expected.
I do question whether these stats can be relied upon. The survey has an agenda; it was commissioned by a company that sells heating appliances and asks several questions about being cold. Probably the people answering these questions were being made to think about uncomfortable cold houses in which removing shoes might be an inconvenience.