Top 20 Things We Forget Every Christmas!

Worried woman surrounded by Christmas presents.

Buying batteries, wrapping paper for last minute gifts and a card for the mother-in-law are among the top 20 things Brits forget every Christmas, according to research. A study of 2,000 adults reveals many struggle to remember everything in the lead up to Yuletide. Buying sellotape for presents, tin foil to wrap the turkey, and trimmings such as cranberry sauce and gravy for the table are among the most forgotten tasks at Christmas. While others don’t remember to buy a relative’s favourite tipple or crackers to pull over lunch and one in six won’t fill the ice cube trays in preparation for festive drinks. One in 20 Brits have even forgotten to take the Christmas presents with them when visiting family and friends away from home. Unsurprisingly, more than half of those polled claim to feel their stress levels rising as the big day approaches.

Gary Kibble of Argos, which carried out the study via, said: “December can be one of the busiest months of the year, as in addition to preparing for Christmas many adults are juggling work commitments with social arrangements and obligations to go to the children’s nativities, school fayres and church ceremonies.

“It can be almost impossible to fool proof Christmas completely, and yet Brits place so much emphasis on this one day of the year, we want to do everything we can to help.”


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1. Buying batteries

2. Buying sellotape

3. To fill the ice cube trays

4. Wrapping paper for last minute gifts

5. Tinfoil for the turkey

6. Napkins for the dinner table

7. Christmas crackers

8. Buying presents for extended relatives

9. Forgetting to buy the turkey trimmings – cranberry, apple, mint, bread sauce

10. Matches

11. Toilet roll to cater for the extra guests

12. To buy / put on the Christmas jumper

13. To take the Christmas presents with you when visiting family / friends

14. The gravy

15. Relative’s favourite tipple

16. To leave a mince pie out for Father Christmas

17. A vegetarian option

18. Getting a card for the mother-in-law

19. Forgetting to turn the oven on

20. Forgetting to put the vegetables on



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1. Batteries

2. Milk

3. Bread

4. A bottle of wine

5. A box of chocolates

6. Sellotape

7. Gravy

8. A Christmas present

9. Wrapping paper

10. Bread sauce

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Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!