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December 28 'will be worst day of festive season'

Published 28/12/2015

December 28 has been dubbed Moody Monday
December 28 has been dubbed Moody Monday

Yuletide revellers will face a Christmas comedown as December 28 is set to be the worst day of the festive season.

Once the presents have been unwrapped and the Christmas dinner has been devoured, family conflicts and blazing rows will hit peak levels on Bank Holiday Monday at 2.59pm, according to a new survey.

This will be when many people will be travelling back from visiting relatives for the festive season and perhaps also preparing to return to work the following day.

It has been dubbed Moody Monday by Kwik Fit who commissioned the poll of 2,000 Britons.

The car journey home from visiting relatives was where 42% of people felt that the season of goodwill would come to a sharp halt.

Criticisms of relatives topped the wide-ranging gripes which would fuel seasonal family rows. A total of 18% of people said this would tip them over the edge, while 15% were annoyed by inappropriate behaviour and 14% were likely to row over people not helping out around the house.

Mess and clutter would trigger a row, according to 12% of Britons, while the same percentage said that being given bad directions when travelling would cause trouble.

If that was not bad enough 38% said their minds would be turning to worries about over-indulgence and the year ahead.

Financial worries topped the Moody Monday woes for 29% of Britons, 28% said it would be bulging waistlines while 14% pointed towards a post-Christmas anti-climax as a worry.

Some people felt the festive cheer might not have worked for them and returning to work would be a worry for 13% of people while 12% said they might not have properly relaxed over Christmas.

Given that these squabbles can be distracting for drivers, Paul Boulton of Kwik Fit urged motorists to be prepared and have a safety check before hitting the road.

He said: "Christmas is of course the most wonderful time of year, but it comes as no surprise that tempers can on occasion boil over in the car on the way back from several intense days of living at close quarters with family."

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