The results of our annual Christmas survey are in! has revealed that the biggest Christmas taboo involves eating the second layer of biscuits or sweets in the Christmas tin before the first layer is finished (38%). This was closely followed by opening presents on Christmas Eve (37%) and telling children that they are on Santa’s bold list (16%)!

The passing of the Marriage Equality Bill emerged as the best moment of 2015 (50%) followed by Ireland qualifying for the Euros (12%) and Ireland becoming the fasted growing economy in Europe (7%).

Monopoly was voted the favourite family board game to play on Christmas Day (33%) followed by Trivial Pursuit, Guess Who and Charades. Some of the worst presents received include clothes that didn’t fit (33%) or bath sets / salts (33%). Novelty socks (10%), domestic appliances (9%) and weight loss (5%) equipment rounded out the list.

One in two of us admitted to buying a gift for someone because we wanted it ourselves, however we’re not all greedy with 80% of us planning on donating to charity this Christmas. More than half of us will donate up to €20, while one in three of us plan to donate €50 this season.. 54% believe that the most important part about Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and being thankful for everything we have (27%).

Further interesting insights from the Christmas FM survey include:

  • The greatest Christmas wish is for people to spend time with absent family and friends (27%)
  • 63% of people admit to not opening presents on Christmas Eve while 33% of people exchange one each
  • ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ was voted the favourite novelty Christmas song (42%), followed by ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’ (31%)
  • 48% of people look forward to the classic Christmas films on TV such as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
  • 19% of people’s favourite Christmas Eve tradition is to eat Christmas pudding, followed by going to mass (15%)

Christmas FM is currently on air playing all of your favourite Christmas songs and spreading lots of festive cheer and seasonal goodwill every single day until St. Stephen’s Day! This year, Christmas FM is raising awareness and funds for Make A Wish Ireland, a charity who work to grant children with terminal or life threatening conditions their dream wish come true. When a wish is granted it brings a real sense of magic to the child and can offer respite for the whole family and a break from doctor’s appointments, hospital visits and treatment.