in Britain are among the most likely in Europe to associate Christmas with
stress, according to a 25-country study by Lidl and Nielsen on men and women’s
attitudes and roles around Christmas.
Over six-in-10 (61%) British women say Christmas means stress – only women in
three countries find it more stressful (Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech
Republic). This compares to 54% of British men.
"As a retail company active in 30 countries, Lidl wanted to ask
shoppers what is important to them at Christmas, what makes them feel stressed,
and where they could use some help",
In all 25 countries, except Switzerland, women find Christmas more stressful
Christmas preparations and planning are still done mostly by women: 66% said
they organise the Christmas food, 75% buy the gifts while 78% take care of the
Christmas decorations, including dressing the tree.
says Mike Watkins, Nielsen’s UK
head of retailer and business insight
. “Indeed, retailers have a major role
to play in helping reduce stress levels around Christmas as purchasing is such
a major part of it. Consequently, advertising and services that tap into this
often-unspoken aspect are likely to resonate strongly with people.”
The cost of Christmas is unlikely to help stress levels. Nielsen Homescan data
reveals the typical December grocery shopping bill is 20% higher (£371) than
the average bill across the 11 other months, while the number of shopping trips
Christmas is obviously good news for retailers and brands. Alcohol sees the
biggest increase in spend (62%) in December compared to the average month,
followed by confectionery (up 33%) and Health & Beauty (up 20%).
Although total grocery sales in December are 20% higher than the average month,
online grocery sales only rise 6%. Watkins notes this may look low in
comparison but the differential is “more about the surge in sales that the
larger out-of-town stores see in December, particularly people buying fresh
produce in the final few days before Christmas.”