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DRAMA OF XMAS: Third of Brits checking into HOTELS to avoid family drama this Christmas, research finds

  • Research by Travelodge found that 10 per cent of us simply cannot stand the boredom of spending time with family over the festive period

A Third of British adults will be checking into a hotel this week to avoid mind-numbingly tedious conversations, other people’s children and the prospect of a blazing row with family, according to a new report.

Nationwide research by hotel chain Travelodge has revealed as many as one in ten of us simply cannot abide the tedium of family at Christmas, with three in ten confessing that the prospect of staying with their nearest and dearest is filling them with dread.

In fact, according to the findings, almost a third of the nation (31 percent) have, or will be, booking into a hotel over the next few days, rather than bunk up with the in-laws, while an inhospitable 17 percent will do anything to avoid family coming over their house during the festive period as well.

It is little wonder, then, that despite being the season of goodwill, seven percent of us have stormed out of someone else’s house when staying with family for Christmas, while a hostile one in twenty (four percent) have actually thrown family members out of their house on Christmas Day, in the past.

Not being able to eat and drink what you like emerged as the main thing which puts us off staying with relatives (16 percent), with having to share a bathroom coming second (14 percent), and the house being too cold third (12 percent).

Uncomfortable beds, other people’s children – and having to sleep on a blow-up mattress, along with too many house rules, no spare room and having to stay up too late made the list of complaints about staying with family over the festive season.

For many of us, the prospect of staying with loved ones over Christmas is just too daunting, and 15 percent have pretended they had to get up early the next day to avoid staying over, while 13 percent have feigned a stomach bug, and 11 percent have lied and said their children weren’t well.

A desperate four percent have even pretended that they sleep walk just to get out of a festive sleepover.

The false excuses cut both ways, with 13 percent of the nation having pretended they had to work, to put off friends and family staying with them at Christmas.

A further 13 percent have used a phantom illness to avoid visitors, while a frosty 6 percent have said their central heating is broken, when it wasn’t.