Brits spend almost FIVE YEARS preparing for Christmas over the course of their lives – including two days to decorate the tree

ADULTS who celebrate Christmas spend almost FIVE years of their lives preparing for the big day, according to a new study.

Research has found a total of 34 hours are spent disentangling the lights, more than two days decorating the tree and 164 weeks – just over three years – cleaning and tidying up before guests arrive to make sure that the festive season is going according to plan.

According to a new study, those who celebrate Christmas prepare for the big day for almost five years of their lives.

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According to a new study, those who celebrate Christmas prepare for the big day for almost five years of their lives.Photo credit: Getty

The survey of 2,000 adults attending the celebrations also found they spent the equivalent of a day and a half picking or sucking up pine leaves from real trees over a 63-year period.

B&Q’s Mairi Devlin said: “We want to provide practical ways to complete the Christmas checklist so that they help reduce the amount of time needed to prepare for the special day.

“We hope people can experience a smooth and happy holiday season this year – and we are here to help make that happen.”

That’s because nearly a day and a half is spent redecorating the tree when children or other household members have done a poor job – with 22 per cent confident their decorating skills are “amazing”.

However, one of the most time-consuming festive tasks is planning the Christmas dinner, which takes almost two and a half years to complete.

Also, an average of 41 hours is spent on “unexpected” challenges, such as: B. unusual stoves and the hospitality of last-minute guests.

The research, commissioned by B&Q, also found that an hour is spent each year packing away decorations after celebrations – with 54 per cent describing their technique as ‘neat and tidy’, while one in six admits their technique is haphazard.

When asked how to lighten up this time of year, people craved tips on gift wrapping (27 percent) and how to detangle tree lights (14 percent).

The study also found that 60 percent find the holiday season stressful, and nearly half wish there were ways to make it less stressful.

Another 13 percent would like to learn tricks for storing Christmas decorations, while 12 percent hope to find a shortcut to fit everyone around the dining table when there aren’t enough chairs.

One of the biggest problems people admitted was cooking everything at the same time (28 percent) and similarly putting all the food in the oven (22 percent).

Packing and unpacking decorations was also found to be difficult (12 percent), while a tenth found keeping real trees alive difficult.

Due to the cost of living crisis, two in five of those surveyed believe that Christmas this year will be more stressful than last year.

But looking on the bright side, the nation’s favorite things to do during the festive season are spending time with family and friends, eating and drinking, and giving gifts.

And despite the challenges, 17 percent enjoy decorating their home, while 15 percent enjoy hosting loved ones.

Mairi added: “The holiday season is a special and rewarding time for all involved and provides the perfect excuse to welcome loved ones home for festive fun.

“There’s nothing more important than spending time with friends and family and creating new traditions, like buying a real tree every year and adding new decorations every year.”

B&Q’S TIPS FOR A SMOOTH SAILING CHRISTMAS

1. Create a table extension using large pieces of MDF so everyone can fit on the table for Christmas dinner

2. Make sure your front door is spotless before hanging the Christmas wreath to avoid drawing attention to scuffs

3. Use a pencil to draw out the knots in the Christmas lights

4. Bleed your radiators to ensure the heating is working efficiently before guests arrive

5. Set up a dedicated workspace to wrap your gifts, leaving enough room to unroll the paper easily

6. Always hang up your Christmas tree lights first before decorating

7. Label your Christmas tree decorations so they are easily identifiable next year and store everything in reusable bags

8. Once you’ve bought your tree, take it out of the netting to allow air to circulate and the branches to settle

9. Keep your Christmas tree in a cool place, e.g. B. in a shed or garage before you put it inside

10. Give your tree some water before you decorate it and every day after

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