Christmas stress OFFICIALLY kicks in today (with only 42 days to go, it’s time to panic!)
16:08 GMT, 12 November 2012
Stress: Deciding what to give loved ones as Christmas gifts is the biggest source of stress for most people
There are still six weeks to go until Christmas, but many of us will start panicking over our festive preparations – or lack of – today, new research shows.
The seasonal stress officially kicks in on November 12 for one in five people in Britain, while a quarter of us will begin actively planning our Christmas this week.
The survey by the Post Office found that agonising over the perfect present for a loved one was the biggest source of stress for Britons.
Topping the list of worries for most people across the country is choosing the right gifts, with 41 per cent of those surveyed admitting they fret over what to buy their loved ones as a Christmas present.
The bill for all those carefully chosen gifts can quickly mount up, and the cost of Christmas was named as the second most stressful factor of the holiday season.
Festive finances: The expense of Christmas is second on Britons' list of seasonal worries
Of those surveyed 37 per cent said they were worried about being able to afford to buy presents.
'TIS THE SEASON TO BE STRESSED-OUT: THE TOP FIVE CHRISTMAS WORRIES
Choosing the right presents for loved ones
The cost of Christmas giftsThe cost of food over the festive periodDeciding where to spend Christmas DayCausing offence when deciding who to invite to Christmas dinner
As the season of over-indulgence begins, 29 per cent of people said they were concerned about the cost of feeding their family over Christmas.
Deciding where to spend Christmas Day is a source of stress for 21 per cent of people, while one in 10 panic about causing offence over invites when hosting dinner themselves.
Post Office Network director Kevin Gilliland said: 'Despite Christmas being the season to be jolly it can also be an incredibly stressful time.'