Study: It Takes Americans This Long To Cook Christmas Dinner

The holidays can be really stressful, but for some folks, it’s not the chaos of shopping, wrapping and decorating that gets to them, it’s the food. A new survey suggests that traditional Christmas dinner is a source of stress for many people across the country.

According to the poll of 2-thousand U.S. adults:

  • Nearly four in 10 (38%) say they’re the most creative with their dishes during the holiday season.
  • But 44% find the food aspect of Christmas Day is the most stressful of any national holiday.
  • While 16% say the best thing about the holiday season is the preparation of the Christmas Day dinner, 54% admit they feel uptight any time they think about prepping or cooking food for this or any other holiday celebration.
  • Americans start cooking Christmas dinner at 9:36 a.m., on average, and it takes just over three hours to make the entire thing.
  • Overall, people feel the best time to eat on Christmas is at 3:45 p.m.
  • After that meal, they spend an average of three days eating leftovers.
  • Despite all the stress, Christmas is the favorite holiday for 49% of respondents, who love spending time with family (35%), exchanging gifts (28%), and enjoy decorating the Christmas tree (23%).
  • Thanksgiving is the second favorite holiday (20%), followed by New Year’s (7%), Halloween (6%), and Independence Day (4%).
  • Christmas is also the favorite holiday for decorating (64%), with Halloween coming in at number two (19%).

Source: SWNS Digital

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