The modern Great British Christmas Day involves at least two cries of ‘I’m bored’ from the kids and 41 minutes spent desperately trying to get new toys to work – before finally crashing out for a nap at 3.30pm, a study has found.
A look into what goes on in the average home on Christmas morning also found 30 presents will be opened, with the first chocolate scoffed at 11.53am.
And while parents will spend two hours and 16 minutes playing with their children and their new toys, the average youngster will cry at 10.28am because their flustered mum and dad can’t get their new toys to work.
It also emerged more than 80 million gifts opened across the UK on the Great British Christmas Day are expected to require batteries, although 52 per cent admit they are at risk of forgetting to buy any.
As a result, one in four households will be forced to venture out on the big day in search of some while almost one in 10 will simply pretend a new toy is broken to save-face.
A spokesman for Duracell, which commissioned the research, said: “There is a huge build-up to the Great British Christmas Day, with many people, particularly parents, putting a lot of effort into buying the best gifts for their kids.
“Christmas morning is such a magical moment where parents are rewarded for all their hard work by the joy and excitement on their children’s faces when they open their gifts.”
The study of 2,000 adults, including almost 1,000 parents of children aged under 18, found the average child wakes up at 6.07am – 75 minutes earlier than on a ‘normal’ morning.
At 10.01am, an average of 30 presents will be ripped open – three of which will need batteries to get them going.
Parents then face an anxious 41 minutes battling to get the toys built and working so their children can start to play, leading to tantrums from the fed-up youngsters before the clock hits 10.30am.
Families will then sit down to dinner at 2.20pm before almost half of the nation will have a nap to recharge their batteries shortly after.
An hour and 31 minutes will be spent playing board games together, with Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble the most popular choices.
But it’s not all happy families with at least one falling out – and what to watch on TV is the most common cause of the row.
Others will argue over the Christmas Dinner, the mess after the presents have been opened and the stress of trying to get new toys to work and more than one in 10 will end up at loggerheads because someone forgot something important.
It also emerged 38 per cent have bought a present which needed batteries, without noticing the ‘batteries not included message’ on the packaging, leaving their recipient disappointed.
But to get their presents going, 58 per cent admit to taking batteries out of something else, while one in four have ventured out to find a shop which is open.
Others have resorted to begging a neighbour (12%), asking a relative to bring some to dinner with them (20%), or even pretended the toy was broken (7%).
However, 56 per cent of people polled via OnePoll, admit there is nothing more painful than seeing your child, or someone you give a gift to, feeling disappointed when they can’t use it straightaway.
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The Duracell spokesman added: “Don’t fall at the last hurdle. Ensure new toys and gadgets can perform at their best throughout the festive season by remembering to buy the best batteries”