One in 10 millennials secretly hope there is no room at the in-laws, a study found and six percent still believe in Santa Claus!

Researchers who polled 2,000 UK adults aged 21 to 38, found the last thing they want to do is spend the night at their other half’s parents.

Having worked long hours all year, those polled revealed they’re ‘desperate’ for some peace and quiet over the festive period – and being on duty at the in-laws holds little appeal.

In fact, those polled revealed they can only tolerate their company for three hours before they start to struggle.

Instead, the research commissioned by Hotels.com, found a fifth will look to spend Christmas Day with their mates, while 15 per cent are intending to go away on holiday.

Adam Jay, president of Hotels.com brand, said: “We all love getting together with friends and family at Christmas, and everyone celebrates it differently.”

The research also found eight in 10 are planning to have get-togethers with friends at some point over the festive period.

Three in 10 of those will cook a Christmas dinner with their mates and a quarter intend to go to a Christmas market with them too.

Similarly, 20 per cent are doing a Secret Santa and eight per cent are going to have a mini break with their friends.

The research also explored what millennials will do on the day itself.

Which films do they love the most?

More than half will sit in front of the TV and watch movies.

And the chances are at least one of the flicks they enjoy will Home Alone, Elf or Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – these were voted the top three Christmas movies among those polled.

More than a third will spend time on social media, 35 per cent will play board games or card games and a fifth will take selfies.

Eighteen per cent intend to send a Christmas message to their social media friends and followers, 17 per cent will have an afternoon nap and 14 per cent will do a spot of online shopping in the sales.

And whilst they aren’t keen to hit the prosecco, they are a dab hand in the kitchen with 19 per cent of millennials planning to host when it comes to the cooking.

Almost half revealed they are planning to stray from tradition and have an ‘alternative’ festive meal – with a vegan dinner and pizza among the dishes likely to be served up.

And the break from what many consider the norm doesn’t end there – a fifth are planning to avoid alcohol completely on Christmas Day.

Death of the onesie

Three in 10 will wear a Christmas jumper on the day, 22 per cent will wear pyjamas and only four per cent will opt for a onesie this year.

The research also revealed a quarter of women polled will accessorise with a festive manicure

While 12 per cent of men will go for a glitter beard and the same proportion will have a bauble beard.



And seven per cent of everyone surveyed will be wearing festive pants.

Despite all the excitement over Christmas and the rise of new traditions, those polled are sketchy over its origins – just 16 per cent know the complete nativity story.

Four in 10 don’t know Jesus features – and it’s a similar story for Mary and Joseph (37 per cent) and Angel Gabriel (49 per cent).

Don’t Stop Believing

Six per cent even believe Santa Claus makes an appearance.

Those polled also revealed their thoughts on how the nativity story might differ if it were to happen now.

One in 10 think a unicorn would replace the donkey, 15 per cent think the three kings would be the three queens and 10 per cent believe Angel Gabriel would appear to Mary via Instagram.

Carried out through OnePoll, the study also found gifts from the three kings – or three queens – would be a little different too.

They’d include an iPhone (22 per cent), a Netflix subscription (18 per cent) and rose gold jewellery (16 per cent).



Other gifts might include Bitcoin (12 per cent), a selfie stick (10 per cent), beard oil (8 per cent), Uber vouchers (seven per cent) and avocado on toast (seven per cent).

Adam Jay added: “Whatever the occasion – friendsmas, quality time with the family or in-laws – there’s always room at the inn at Hotels.com and you can get a reward night when you stay ten nights with Hotels.com Rewards.”

*Hotels.com is offering 10 per cent off bookings for Christmas Day with the code ‘RoomAtTheInn’.

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