Bah, humbug! Most Brits would cancel Christmas right now if they could

In a poll of over 20,000 people it’s only the majority of mums and grandmas who embrace the festive season.


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For immediate release 21 December 2016

Bah, humbug! Most Brits would cancel Christmas right now if they could

In a poll of over 20,000 people it’s only the majority of mums and grandmas

who embrace the festive season

With Christmas just a few days away, a poll on the UK’s biggest consumer help website has revealed that if given the choice, the majority of the UK would press a CANCEL CHRISTMAS button to make the whole thing disappear, and just add to their holiday entitlement instead.It seems that the festive stress, cost, chores and constant drone of jingle bells is too much for many.

· Overall 53% of people would choose to cancel Christmas (47% wouldn’t).

· Men are more likely to cancel Christmas than women. Women voted 50% either way while 58% of men would make it all stop.

· Those without dependent children are more likely to cancel Christmas, with 62% of single people and 57% of people in a couple saying they’d push the button.

· Parents and grandparents however are the most pro-Christmas with just 44% choosing to cancel the day - 41% of women and 51% of men.

Martin Lewis, founder of, says: “I suspect for many that while Christmas day itself is something to enjoy, the build-up simply isn’t worth it.There’s added cost, stress, hassle and of course the ever-growing creep of Christmas back into November and even October as shops try to push everyone to spend.

“While this was a fun survey, there is an important underlying message– to retailers, the media and politicians. Don’t push Christmas too hard and too early.Don’t put people under pressure to have the perfect day. Don’t assume everyone is looking forward to or celebrating Christmas – for some it’s a lonely day they wish wasn’t happening. A little more care and consideration and reining it in a bit could make the nation a happier place in the run-up to what should be the festive season – and less debt-filled on the back of it.”

Should we cancel Christmas? What people are saying on social media

The question has sparked debate among MoneySavers across the UK. Instead of a picture of family, fun and festive frivolity, the nation has expressed their disdain for the holiday on social media:

Helen says: “So much work, money, worry and preparation for the whole two days you get off work, and that’s if you’re lucky enough not to have to work on them. I’d stop it due to the pressure and stress!”

@SVChesh says: @MartinSLewis Can easily get out of hand. Just buy for kids & parents now, much easier but still seems loads to do! I enjoy Boxing Day more.”

Marina says: “Yes but not for normal reasons, lost my mum this year and dreading it... cancel this year but bring it back next year!”

Gemma says: “I’d love Christmas if it were simpler – a nice simple meal and thoughtful gifts that don’t have to burn a giant hole in your pocket.”

Matt says: “I would definitely cancel it in its current commercialised form. For far too many households the joy of December far too quickly becomes the dread of the January credit card statement. I'd happily go without if people I knew had better financial security instead.”

Maggie says: I would also suggest that presents are kept at a price people can afford and that children learn that Christmas is about being together with family or friends and NOT how much someone did or did not spend on you. Let's show some humanity to the worlds suffering and those who literally have no family and no home and are living in camps. Let's get back to what Christmas is really about and if it is just a holiday for you enjoy your family and friends and share some happiness.”

Alena says: “Would not cancel the short time spent with family but definitely cancel the commercial side which has grown out of all reasonable proportion putting people under pressure to spend obscene amounts of money most of them haven’t got...keep it simple and remember the true meaning of Christmas”.

Marie says: “No but I can see why some people would.It's a horrible time if you're lonely or struggling with debt etc..

But others are more merry and bright about Saint Nick coming to town:

@CheadleBiker says: @MartinSLewis @MoneySavingExp Christmas makes the winter bearable. The endless consumerism and gluttony tarnishes it, so go minimal.”

Kirsty says: “It would be lovely if Christmas was less about overindulgence and more about bringing people together. Lots of lonely people who feel even more so when all they see in the media is everyone having a 'great' time. Don’t cancel Christmas but try to remember what it should really be about.”

Sammi says: “It’s the season of ‘giving’, not just about presents, but giving your time and help to people that need it too – I love Christmas and everything it represents.”

Debbie says: “I love Christmas. I love the lead up to Xmas. I love the hype. I love the lights. I love the family time. I love it all. Bring it on.”

Emma says: Keep Christmas, but let's turn back the clock to when it was about families coming together and the joy of giving and receiving thoughtfully chosen presents. When did Christmas become about getting new dining room furniture, carpets, curtains or sofas?”

For more tips on a thrifty winter, read the 12 Saves of Christmas, with all the tricks to make great savings at the last minute, free present ideas, and even how to make your own reindeer poo!

Notes to editors:

If you could cancel Christmas, would you?



Yes, cancel Christmas


No, bring it on



Yes, cancel Christmas

No, bring it on

I’m a single woman (no school-age or younger kids)



I’m a woman in a couple (no school-age or younger kids)



I’m a mum/grandma of school-age or younger kids



I’m a woman who doesn’t celebrate Christmas



I’m a single man (no school-age or younger kids)



I’m a man in a couple (no school-age or younger kids)



I’m a dad/grandpa of school-age or younger kids



I’m a man who doesn’t celebrate Christmas



20,877 people polled in December 2016. Voting limited as much as possible to one vote per person.


For more comments, please contact:

Katie Watts

Tel: 020 3150 1594

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About Martin Lewis: Martin Lewis OBE, Money Saving Expert, is the journalist and consumer campaigner who created, the UK’s biggest money website. He’s the UK’s most internet-searched man, Citizens Advice’s Consumer Champion of the Year, and has spearheaded major financial justice campaigns including bank charges reclaiming (over six million template letters downloaded) and PPI reclaiming (over five million) and a successful large-scale campaign to get financial education in schools. He has his own prime-time ITV programme, The Martin Lewis Money Show, as well as regular slots as resident expert on Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Radio 5 Live, among others.He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2014.