Thank goodness it comes but once a year! Stressed-out mums lose sleep over Christmas lunch (and don’t even mention those interfering in-laws!)

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  • Cooking up the perfect Christmas lunch and keeping the peace with in-laws are among the top priorities for UK mums during the festivities, according to a new survey... but no-one said it was going to be easy

    It’s a juggling act for busy mums at Christmas time. Searching the shops for this year’s must-have toys, ordering Christmas food, then wondering if the turkey will fit in the oven.

    And all that before you tidy the house ready for guests to arrive. Yes, it’s time to welcome the in-laws.

    Far from putting their feet up with a glass of mulled wine in the run up to Christmas, it’s a time of anxiety for UK mums, according to a new survey from home appliances company Beko.

    The Household Helpers Census of over 3,500 people found that two thirds of UK mums get anxious about organising the Christmas festivities.

    A sixth of mums find that hosting Christmas lunch is such a song and dance that it causes sleepless nights.

    Keeping the peace is a big concern, with 16% of UK mums worrying about comments from their in-laws.

    And while there may be plenty of extra people at home over the holidays, 14% of mums feel their families don’t help enough with Christmas preparations.

    We’re a house-proud bunch too, as making sure the home is tidy for Christmas guests is a prime concern (28%), followed by worries over the size of the oven (27%) and a fifth fretting about a messy kitchen.

    ‘The festive season can be stressful for all the family, but our census shows that mum seems to take the bulk of it,’ says George Mead, Beko Marketing Manager.

    ‘Our appliances can ease the stress of Christmas entertaining. Beko’s multi-zone refrigeration technology allows a compartment to switch between fridge, freezer and chiller, while our new six-litre dishwasher can remove the hassle of dirty dishes,’ says George.

    ‘The only thing we can’t do is keep the in-laws happy!’

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