We all want the perfect family Christmas but when it comes to making sure all goes to plan there is only one person we have to thank – our Mum.
A new poll of family Christmas habits has shown that mums up and down the country are the ones who make sure everything goes without a hitch on the big day.
The survey of mums by shopping website NetVoucherCodes.co.uk revealed that they perform almost all the essential Christmas tasks – from wrapping presents to getting the booze in.
And it seems mums really do think of everything with almost three quarters choosing their partner’s gift for his own parents.
The survey found that less than two thirds of mums, 63%, cook the Christmas dinner on their own, while more than a fifth, 22%, tackle the turkey with help from their other halves.
And an independent one in six dads don the chef’s hat and apron on the big day to cook the dinner alone while mum puts her feet up.
Seven in ten mums get the big food shop in alone while just over a quarter get help from their partners.
Only a tiny number of dads, four percent, bother with the food shop but almost a fifth, 18%, get the drinks in and do a booze run.
Dad’s favourite festive chore seems to be picking and collecting the Christmas tree, as 34% of women said that this was a job solely for their other halves.
Four in ten women get the Christmas tree alone, 40%, while more than a quarter of them, 26%, go with their partners to collect it.
But it appears that Dads tend to make their excuses when it comes to tinsel and baubles, as only a tiny three percent bother to decorate the tree once it’s home.
More than two thirds of mums, 67%, decorate their trees alone while three in ten make it a joint task with their partners.
When it comes to getting the presents to place beneath it mum wins again, as more than three quarters, 76%, buy their kids presents and even more, 82%, wrap them.
Most dads don’t find out what ‘they’ have bought for their children until Christmas morning as less than a quarter play any part at all in buying the presents.
Just 24% of dads shop with their other halves for the kids presents – and the number of dads buying kids gifts without any input at all from mum is less than one percent.
But a massive 76% of mums said they got the kids presents all by themselves – meaning a lot of dads are surprised on Christmas morning.
Wrapping the pressies is a massively female dominated task too with more than eight in ten, 82%, of mums doing it alone.
One in six couples wrap the gifts together while hardly any dads do it on their own – just three percent of those asked.
Only one in five couples choose their in laws a gift together, while almost three quarters of mums 72% buy her partner’s parents a gift without his input.
A spokesman from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “Christmas is our favourite time of the year but it can be stressful for families.
“We wanted to investigate exactly how couples divide the workload and our survey revealed that Mum is definitely the Queen of Christmas.
“The majority of mums tackle the essential Christmas chores and prep alone, such as shopping, wrapping, baking and decorating.
“The data shows mums to be master gift-buyers and wrappers, and it even reveals that almost three quarters of mums buy their in-laws gifts.
“We’re sure dads are very handy to have around over the festive season, but our survey offers a resounding conclusion that mums are the star of the show when it comes to Christmas.”