I want it my way! Mothers don”t enjoy Christmas at their children”s home…because they can”t get involved in the kitchen
If you are having your parents over for Christmas, they might not be as appreciative of your hard work as you would like.
One third of British mother don”t enjoy Christmas dinner at their children”s house – because they think they could do a better job of it, a study has revealed.
The findings show many would prefer to host the big day themselves, believing they could do a better job.
One in ten mother said the food at their children”s home simply wasn”t up to scratch, and definitely did not meet their own personal standards
Fourteen per cent of mothers were fed up with twiddling their thumbs all day long and the same percentage were annoyed they weren”t allowed to help out in the kitchen.
One in ten even said the food simply wasn”t up to scratch, and definitely did not meet their own personal standards.
A spokeswoman for Co-Operative Foods said: “Mums generally love Christmas because it”s the one time of year when the whole family can get together, and the focal point of the whole day is the Christmas meal, which is why is why if it”s not done properly, mums aren”t going to be happy.
“There is an art to getting things right at Christmas – making sure everyone is entertained, fed and watered – and it takes many years of practice before mastering the whole day.”
The biggest bug-bear for one in three mums think their family spends too long watching television on Christmas day, rather than entertaining the family.
While 16 per cent of mothers found their children played too many games on Christmas day rather than embarking on more traditional activities such as watching the Queen”s Speech and passing round presents one at a time.
Another similar complaint was that the family played far too many computer games all day long.
“The study indicates a fifth of mothers simply don”t like change, preferring to stick with tradition and host Christmas at their house – their way”
The study indicates a fifth of mothers simply don”t like change, preferring to stick with tradition and host Christmas at their house – their way.
A further 18 per cent claim that past Christmases at their son”s or daughter”s houses have been complete chaos with young children running wild.
And mothers simply don”t like being bored all day, with the feeling that they are not having a proper Christmas.
Thirteen per cent of mothers say their daughter or daughter-in-law was visibly stressed about the cooking, something which they usually enjoy taking charge of.
Interestingly, a fifth of mums made such an effort not to interfere with their child”s version of Christmas that they ended up not enjoying the day at all.
Just over one in ten mums disliked the fact their children were happy to have friends popping in on Christmas day – feeling the event should be about family only.
A spokeswoman added: “We”re sure it must be quite nerve-wracking for sons, daughters and daughters-in-law having to host for mum, when she has been in control of the whole operation since they were small.
“Overall most mums don”t like to be critical of their families, with 69 per cent saying that once their daughter or daughters-in-law got over the stress of the cooking, their food ended up being delicious.
“Further two thirds of kind-hearted mums said that considering how stressful Christmas Day can be, their children did a great job for a first attempt – it”s just that the day is so different from the norm and mums are used to be hands on with all aspects of hosting and cooking.”