Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Study: Surprise! Even At Christmas Families Don't Get Along
We will come down the stairs, refreshed after a good night’s sleep. Everyone will marvel at the perfectly wrapped presents under the perfectly trimmed tree. We will give each other the gifts we’ve always wanted and be blissfully happy as we sit together enjoying the most delicious shortbread that, by some Christmas miracle, will have no calories.
It’s unreasonable expectations, such as these, that can cause tension and disappointment at Christmas. Maybe it would be easier if we were navigating by a roadmap based more in realism than whimsy. The fine people who make Jarlsberg cheese, commissioned a survey of 4000 British homes and generated an itinerary of the average family’s Christmas. See how it compares with your own.
Way to demystify Christmas Jarlsberg. The survey doesn’t paint a Norman Rockwell portrait of the average Christmas but I must admit, it takes some of the pressure off.
In the midst of the mayhem on December 25th, if you think back on this and realise that your family is the one from the Jarlsberg survey, relax. It turns out you’re having a merry Christmas after all. – Jen R, Staff Writer