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Revealed: The UK's No.1 Christmas Tradition - Indecision

Revealed: The UK’s No.1 Christmas Tradition – Indecision

Christmas Day has been coined the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. But have you ever wondered if other families and friends also can’t settle on whether to watch the Queen, or Doctor Who? 

Well, wonder no more. Ahead of the big day celebrations, tombola is sharing just how many of us have the same debates during Christmas Day. And it’s more than you might think.

92% of Brits just can’t agree on their plans for Christmas Day

Can you and your family and friends not decide when to get up, or whether to switch on the Queen’s speech? Turns out, you are not the only one. A staggering 92% can’t agree on the plans for Christmas Day, and it’s become part of our Christmas traditions. 

But can you guess what the most common thing we can’t agree on during the festivities?

What to watch on Christmas Day: 1 in 3 can’t decide

Nearly a third (32%) can’t agree on the TV schedule for Christmas Day. In fact, it’s the most common issue for family and friends on the big day. Although, it normally all works out in the end. 

It’s no surprise, however, when there are so many options to watch and numerous channels. So, you can rest easy knowing that you, and a third of other Brits are facing the same dilemma.

Nearly a quarter can’t settle on the games to play at Christmas

If you’ve got your family and friends coming over, or you are visiting them, games might be part and parcel of your celebrations. But did you know this?

More Brits disagree on the family games over presents, cooking and even tidying up after the dinner

For 22% of Brits, it’s the second most common cause of debate in their home. Almost a quarter can’t decide on what games to play, and there are plenty. 

tombola has even researched the most popular board games in the run up to Christmas, and you’ll never guess which is the most searched for.

Articulate is the most popular Christmas Day game in the UK

Nearly a quarter of Brits said they will be playing games over Christmas. But you might be surprised at the most searched for. 

tombola recorded searches for December 2018, 2019 and 2020 to get the total average of searches for the most popular games, and Articulate came on top with an average of 114,100 searches in the month leading up to Christmas. 

Surprisingly, despite a large Christmas dinner and that a large number of people nap for the rest of the day, Twister is the second most searched for Christmas game, with 87,300 searches in December. 

Operation comes in third as the most searched game, boasting 82,400 searches. That’s closely followed by Mouse Trap (64,100) and Monopoly (62,500). 

The Most Searched for Games at Christmas 


Avg. searches (Dec 2018, 2019, 2020)







Mouse Trap 





While the games we play during the festivities causes a lot of debate, the same can be said for the food.

Struggling to plan when to cook dinner? More than 1 in 10 are the same

Christmas dinner might be one of the most loved traditions of the festive season, but that’s if you can decide on when to cook the food. And it looks like not a lot of us can. 

It turns out that 12% of Brits just can’t agree on when to cook and, therefore, eat their dinner. Is it during the day or in the evening? 

For anyone confused, we’ve done our research and Christmas dinner is, typically, a late dinner and is often served between 2pm and 3pm. 

Almost 10% struggle to agree on washing up after dinner

It’s not just cooking and eating the dinner which Brits can’t settle the debate on. 9% of Briton’s surveyed said they can’t agree on washing up after dinner, whether that includes when to wash up or even the nominated person for the dishes. 

A further 9% also said that they couldn’t decide on when to wake up and open the presents on the big day. 

What’s more, only 2% said that it’s plain sailing on Christmas Day, and everyone agrees with the plans and schedule. So, if you can’t settle on the plans for the big day, you are in the majority! 

Do you have these same discussions with your family and friends? If you are looking for some inspiration, particularly with the TV, you can even read up on what your favourite series says about your personality.