In-Laws spark most family rows at Christmas

In-Laws spark most family rows at Christmas

LateRooms.com reveals almost a third of Brits would send their in-laws to a hotel for Christmas


The age-old stereotype shows no signs of abating as almost a third of Brits (31%) would fork out for a hotel room for their in-laws this Christmas, if they had their own way. The results of a poll announced today by leading discount hotel specialist LateRooms.com, show that in most cases (29%) it is the in-laws who spark arguments on Christmas Day, leaving many family members keen to get away in the festive period.

The results show that in most cases (29%) it is the in-laws who spark the arguments on Christmas Day, leaving many family members keen to get away during the festive period. Almost one in five (16%) would send their own mothers away to a hotel while 26% would get rid of their siblings. The most popular replacements for annoying family members were the likes of Stephen Fry, Cheryl Cole, George Clooney and even Simon Cowell.

The majority of those asked would rather escape the stress of Christmas with a substantial 90% stating they would consider staying in a hotel in the holiday season. Over half (52%) of those asked would rather tuck themselves away in a country house hotel to avoid having to be nice to relatives. 

The top five most stressful moments respondents would like to get away from are;

  * Christmas shopping (36%)
  * Family arguments (21%)
  * Cooking Christmas dinner (15%)
  * Wrapping presents (10%)
  * Sending Christmas cards (10%)

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It comes as no surprise that Brits harbour a ‘bah-humbug’ attitude to Christmas with a third (33%) having to entertain an extra 6-10 guests on the big day.

LateRooms.com Offline Marketing Manager, Lynda Matthews, says; “In light of this consumer insight we have launched a competition which is running through our ‘LateRooms.com’ Facebook page. People can enter to win a real treat for their in-laws to stay in a luxury hotel for the Christmas period. We hope that this may help to ease tensions in the household, as the pressure to have ‘the perfect Christmas’ mounts up on the big day.”

Those who are able to get away this Christmas can browse www.laterooms.com to find a selection of great value hotels, guesthouses and bed & breakfast locations.