Bah, Humbug! What People Dread About the Holidays

Bah, Humbug! What People Dread About the Holidays

A new poll from Consumer Reports shows what holiday shoppers dread most about the holiday season.

Crowds and long lines were at the top of the list. Other big concerns included weight gain, other drivers and going into debt.

The survey pointed out that twice as many men as women dread the holiday parties, and that a much higher percentage of women (47 percent) compared to men (34 percent) said they dread holiday weight gain versus men.

The poll of 1,100 adults also showed that they do not want to get gift cards for holiday gifts. Sixty percent of the respondents said they would rather receive cash.

Four percent of respondents dread being nice during the holidays.

Despite these apprehensions, 64 percent of those surveyed said they are enjoying or really enjoying the holiday season.

When asked what they dread most about the holiday season:

58%  Crowds, long lines
41%  Weight gain
40%  Aggressive, thoughtless driving in parking lots
30%  Getting into debt
20%  Gift shopping
14%  Seasonal music
13%  Disappointing gifts
12%  Seeing certain relatives
10%  Traveling
9%    Having to attend holiday parties, gatherings or events
4%    Having to be nice
3%    Holiday tipping

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