Over 40% of parents are worried about the cost of Christmas

Posted by Media team / Wednesday 30 November 2016 / Press release
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Christmas is a magical time for children, but comes at a price too many GB families may struggle to afford, according to our research.

  • Over 40% of parents worried about cost of Christmas
  • Half of GB parents will spend £500 or more
  • Nearly a third of parents (32%) also said that thinking about their finances, as well as the time needed to fit in activities around the Christmas period makes them feel stressed
  • One in three parents said that they are worried about not having enough time to relax over the holidays.

Our new research revealed that two in every five (41%) parents with children aged 18 and under are worried about how much money they will need to spend on Christmas expenses this year.

nearly a third of parents (32%) with children aged 18 and under said that lack of time and money makes them feel stressed at this time of year (1)

When asked how much money they are expecting to spend on Christmas overall, including things such as presents, family activities, decorations, food, drink and travel, half of the respondents said £500 or more.

Nearly a third of parents (32%) also said that thinking about their finances, as well as the time needed to fit in activities around the Christmas period makes them feel stressed, while one in three said that they are worried about not having enough time to relax over the holidays.

To help parents to have more fun with their children without spending a fortune, we've launched a free ‘Homemade Christmas’ book, packed with activities that offer the chance to get creative and learn new skills.

"Christmas is an expensive time of year especially when we want to make it a special time for the children. As much as gifts are an essential tradition, the holidays are also about bonding with children and creating memories."

Carol Iddon, Managing Director at Action for Children

“This is why we have created ‘Homemade Christmas’ offering simple, fun and engaging activities for children and families that help child development and support vital relationship building, which we know carries so many benefits for children of all ages.” - Carol Iddon, Managing Director at Action for Children.

Our free downloadable activity book ‘Homemade Christmas’ encourages families to get crafty by making decorations and cards. These activities can help improve a child’s mobility skills, teach them about team work and cooperation, encourage language development and give them a real sense of achievement.

Don't forget to share your wonderful creations with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #Craftmas!

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