MAGAZINE: How to make sure your relationship survives the festive season

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It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but the festive season can put a huge strain on relationships.

New research by Slater & Gordon shows that almost a third of couples don’t look forward to this time of year, with a quarter admitting they argue more at this time of year than any other time of year.

Surviving Christmas.

Surviving Christmas.

Financial stress (24%), the stress of having to make it all perfect (16%) and spending too much time together (12%) top the list of the things most likely to cause arguments during the festive season.

Couples also say things like are likely to lead to tension heavy drinking (9%), ongoing family issues (9%) and personality clashes with in-laws (6%).

But the study also shows minor thing such as who does the cleaning up, deciding where to spend Christmas day and who does the cooking can also cause arguments.

So how can you make sure your festive season is as harmonious as possible? Watch the video where Anastasia de Waal from Family Lives and Tara Deegan from Slater & Gordon give their advice.