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Stresses and strains of the Big Day are too much for many Brits

The traditional Christmas Day dinner is coming off the menu for many Brits, with new research suggesting that festive frolickers are ditching it and investing their time and effort into the Boxing Day buffet, with over a third of folk (37%) enjoying Boxing Day the most over the holiday season.

 

  • Boxing Day is favourite day of festive season for over a third (37%) of folk
  • Nearly half of UK adults (47%) find Christmas Dinner most stressful meal to prepare over holiday period
  • Sausage rolls are more popular (47%) than Christmas cake

The traditional Christmas Day dinner is coming off the menu for many Brits, with new research suggesting that festive frolickers are ditching it and investing their time and effort into the Boxing Day buffet, with over a third of folk (37%) enjoying Boxing Day the most over the holiday season.

The research*of 2,000 respondents by Addo Food Group discovered that nearly half of Brits (47%) think Christmas dinner is the most stressful meal to prepare over the festive period, with nearly half of folk (46%) preferring the Boxing Day spread  of pork pies, quiches and the enjoyment of snacking as part of a stress-free day.

However the days of just eating leftover turkey and chocolate on Boxing Day are over, with almost half of Brits to preferring a sausage roll (47%) over traditional Christmas cake and the classic pork pie (38%) over mince pies.

Kim Burgess, Head of Markets at Addo Food Group, said: “With the festive period being such a busy time of year, it’s no wonder people are turning to the convenience of buffet and snacking food. As a nation that sees the Christmas season as an important time for loved ones, people don’t want to spend all day stuck in the kitchen – a spread on Boxing Day allows them to spend time elsewhere.”

“It’s really interesting to see that households are increasingly turning to savoury food after the overload of sweet treats and chocolates on Christmas Day. People are always looking for variety during the season and the Boxing Day buffet allows people to buy and consume their preferred food, rather than sticking to the regimented and time consuming traditional Christmas roast.

“At Addo, which creates own brand and branded sausage rolls, pork pies, quiches and Scotch eggs products, we believe that people should be able to enjoy great tasting food that takes away the stress of cooking for hours on end and help people to spend more quality time with their friends and family over the holiday. We are continuously innovating and developing new products to meet the nation’s growing demand for more exciting alternatives to Christmas leftovers.”

Other key stats from the research:

  • 50% of women found the Christmas Day meal the most stressful to prepare, and 41% preferred that Boxing Day was less stressful than Christmas Day
  • 70% of 16 to 24 year olds find the Christmas Day meal the most stressful to prepare, compared to 40% of over 55s
  • The sausage roll is most popular in Cardiff, with 59% of people preferring it to leftover turkey on Boxing Day
  • Newcastle would rather enjoy a quiche (48%) than Christmas cake (32%)on Boxing Day
  • Scotch eggs are most popular in Norwich, with 43% of people claiming they are a must have on Boxing Day, compared to just 27% enjoying Christmas chocolates
  • The pork pie has overtaken the mince pie and is most popular in Birmingham, with 51% of people stating it is a must have on Boxing Day compared to just 35% enjoying a mince pie

Stats for Scotland release:

  • 58% of people in Edinburgh found Christmas dinner the most stressful meal to prepare
  • 43% of people in Glasgow preferred a sausage roll on Boxing Day over cheese and biscuits and Christmas cake
  • People in Scotland prefer to eat a pork pie on Boxing Day rather than a mince pie