That cheeky kiss under the mistletoe at the office Christmas party leads to romance for a fifth of workmates
13:35 GMT, 20 November 2012
A kiss at the office Christmas party may be synonymous with having had too much to drink, the office creep and a shame-faced January, but it seems for a lucky few it can lead to love.
A third of office workers have snogged a colleague at the annual work Christmas party, according to a new poll.
Surprisingly just one out of 20 of those who kissed regretted it afterwards and a fifth started dating the person they snogged as the festive frolics lead to a full-blown romance.
Mistletoe moment: Some 31 per cent of those polled had snogged a colleague at the office Christmas party, and few seemed to regret it at a later date
One in three office colleagues laughed it off afterwards but didn’t take it further – while one in seven never mentioned it again.
The findings are in a Christmas poll of 2,175 people for Lovehoney – Britain’s biggest online seller of sex toys.
The office party season traditionally kicks off this weekend – a month before Christmas.
Lovehoney wanted to gauge how much sex we all enjoy at Christmas and New Year – and whether all that partying makes us do things we regret.
Six of out ten couples said they had sex on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve was the second sexiest, with 58 per cent expecting to welcome in 2013 with a night of passion.
In contrast, just 47 per cent of respondents said they would have sex on Christmas Day or Boxing Day – with 41 per cent saying that overindulging would kill their passion.
Festive frolics: We feel most in the mood for love on Christmas eve, while over indulging on the 25th means we are least likely to feel passionate
The poll showed that office Christmas parties can be hotbeds of passion for some colleagues.
Some 31 per cent of those polled had smooched with a colleague at the Xmas party.
Festive love and romance: The facts
Christmas Eve is the sexiest day of
the festive and New Year celebrations – with couples more likely to
have sex on the 24th than other day
Less than half of couples have sex on Christmas Day – because overindulging puts them off passion
Boxing Day is also a turn off – again because of too much booze and food
The second sexiest day of the holidays is New Year’s Eve
More than half of respondents have returned a gift from a loved one – but only if it didn’t fit or was broken
Couples find the summer far sexier than Christmas – with August the most popular month for sex
Just 6 per cent said it made work awkward afterwards, 29 per cent didn’t regret it all, 32 per cent laughed it off, 14 per cent never mentioned it again and 19 per cent said it had led to a relationship.
Asked to name the months when they had most sex, the top answer was August with July second while winter months were all reckoned to be the least sexy – though more than half those polled said their sex lives were unaffected by the seasons.
When it comes to present giving lingerie was named as the most popular sexy Christmas gift with 57 per cent of couples splashing out.
The survey found that 54 per cent of people have returned Christmas presents from their partner, but mostly because they didn’t work or fit.
Some 22 per cent would never return anything because they wouldn’t want to offend their partner.
Lovehoney’s poll was carried as thousands of couples splash out on its official range of Fifty Shades of Grey merchandise, developed in association with author E L James.
A third of the stock sold out in the first 24 hours of sales with the Inner Goddess Silver Balls selling twice as fast as any of the other sex toys or soft bondage products
Lovehoney co-founder Neal Slateford said the firm was expecting the busiest Christmas in its 10-year history with sales already up a third this year.
Neal said: 'Fifty Shades of Grey has changed the whole Christmas market.
'Millions of couples around the world want to experiment with with pleasure products for the first time.
'It’s not just toys but soft bondage, too.
'Couples everywhere are going to be sexing up Christmas and realising that stockings are for a lot more than stuffing presents in!'