Christmas, although we love it, is without a doubt the most hectic time of the year.
We have to remember everything from which social events we have coming up, the various Christmas presents we need to buy for friends and family members, to how we're going to decorate our tree, right down to every little detail of Christmas dinner prep.
It's no wonder that in the midst of all the festive frenzy, we sometimes forget the little things like buying batteries for Christmas toys or filling ice tube trays in preparation for Christmas party drinks.
Some of us even forget the big things, like taking Christmas presents with us when visiting family and friends, or switching on the oven altogether for the turkey to cook...
If you've been guilty of committing one of these offences at least once, don't let yourself feel bad, because a survey of 2,000 adults carried out by Argos reveals that, actually, many of us struggle to remember such details in the lead up to Christmas.
In fact, apparently one in 20 have been known to forget to switch the oven on, so you certainly are not alone if you've made that mistake.
The study also found that more than half of those surveyed had make an emergency trip to the garage on 25th December to pick up some forgotten basics, like milk and bread.
Unsurprisingly, more than half feel their stress levels rising as the big day approaches. Four in 10 admit to worrying about the stress and expense of Christmas, to the extent that over half avoid hosting the event at their own places altogether.
60 per cent of women in the survey claim that they're simply too busy in the run up to Christmas to remember everything, with 32 per cent attributing their forgetfulness to working long hours
Argos, which carried out the study, has used its findings to compile a list of the top 20 items Brits are most likely to forget and those they'll need to make a last minute dash for over Christmas, just in time to help us prepare for the big day:
Top 20 things Brits are most likely to forget
- Buying batteries
- Buying sellotape
- To fill the ice cube trays
- Wrapping paper for last minute gifts
- Tinfoil for the turkey
- Napkins for the dinner table
- Christmas crackers
- Buying presents for extended relatives
- Forgetting to buy the turkey trimmings - cranberry, apple, mint, bread sauce
- Toilet roll to cater for the extra guests
- To buy / put on the Christmas jumper
- To take the Christmas presents with you when visiting family / friends
- The gravy
- Relative’s favourite tipple
- To leave a mince pie out for Father Christmas
- A vegetarian option
- Getting a card for the mother-in-law
- Forgetting to turn the oven on
- Forgetting to put the vegetables on
Things you're most likely to make a last-minute dash for
- A bottle of wine
- A box of chocolates
- A Christmas present
- Wrapping paper
- Bread sauce
Argos is also giving away £15,000 worth of vouchers to 600 families to give them the opportunity to fool-proof their own Christmases.
They will send out 600 of their Fools' - replicas of the mischievous elves featured in this year's Argos Christmas advert - across the high streets of the UK wearing £15,000 work of vouchers. All you need to do is look out and try to find a fool while you're out and about shopping.
Once you have, tweet a photo of them and you'll be rewarded with a voucher to spend on any of the thousands of amazing products available at Argos!
Argos' Twitter and Instagram will be giving out clues about where to find them, so take a look on these sites if you want to be in with a chance of winning.
Merry Christmas one and all, may you never forget again!!
Anna Bailey is the editor of GoodTo. She joined the team in June 2018 but has been a lifestyle writer and online editor for more than 14 years. Anna graduated from Bournemouth University in 2004 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism and went on to gain her NCTJ and NCE journalism qualifications. She began her career in local journalism, working as a reporter for the Basingstoke Gazette in Hampshire. As Lifestyle Editor for ITV.com she managed the websites for the broadcaster’s best-loved shows including This Morning, Loose Women, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Coleen's Real Women, and Britain's Best Dish. Before joining Goodto.com she was also a Features Editor at MSN UK and Digital Lifestyle Editor for the broadcaster UKTV. She’s also contributed to The Mirror, The Sun, LoveFood, LoveExploring, and TBSeen.
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