Gift Shopping tends to start from October through to November. Decorations are usually bought in November to December.
The likes of food and entertaining supplies are purchased in December to a couple of days ahead.
Most difficult things to plan or buy during Christmas
Sticking to an overall budget was ranked as the #1 most stressful thing during Christmas, and when it comes to gifting, buying for partners and parents is most difficult. For almost 1 in 4 women, actually cooking and preparing the food is also tough.
Entertaining at home
Women typically entertain 9 guests at home with an average of 5 hours, 45 minutes to pull together a Christmas meal. Most Women start preparing food either the day before or a couple of days ahead.
Inspiration for entertaining
Magazines & specifically food magazines were ranked the top two most useful sources for entertaining.
Modern meals vs traditional
Women typically like to have their standard dishes on the Christmas table with a couple of new dishes to complement their meal. And overall, she opts to make a blend of modern and traditional cuisines.
Over half of Women have a formal lunch on Christmas Day, and 2 in 5 have drinks/nibbles.