CHILDREN crying on Santa’s knee has topped a ballot of essentially the most embarrassing moments for folks at Christmas.
Different cringeworthy occasions embrace children telling a relative they don’t like their current, asking them how a lot it price, or opening the unsuitable reward.
Kids crying on Santa’s knee is essentially the most embarrassing a part of Christmas for folksCredit score: Alamy
The ballot revealed 15 per cent of kids instructed somebody what their reward was earlier than they’d opened it and 12 per cent cheekily ate all of the sweets from the Christmas tree.
A fifth of oldsters even have embarrassing images because of a visit to Santa’s grotto – with 38 per cent of youngsters pulling off Santa’s beard and 35 per cent operating away.
And practically one in 5 mother and father (18 per cent) have been left mortified after their youngster wept throughout a go to to see Santa.
These moments have left 25 per cent of mums and dads feeling apologetic, with 22 per cent even saying sorry to Santa for one thing their youngster mentioned or did whereas visiting a grotto.
Prime 20 methods children have embarrassed their mother and father at Christmas
1. Cried once they noticed Santa at a grotto
2. Instructed somebody who gave them a gift that they did not prefer it
3. Instructed somebody what their Christmas reward was earlier than they’d opened it
4. Eaten all of the sweets off a Christmas tree
5. Requested somebody how a lot cash they spent on their Christmas reward
6. Discovered Christmas presents in the home which had been meant to be from Santa
7. Eaten another person’s Christmas chocolate
8. Unwrapped the presents beneath a Christmas tree which weren’t meant for them
9. Instructed somebody they did not like their Christmas dinner/cooking
10. Instructed somebody they did not like their Christmas jumper
11. Refused to sit down on the desk for Christmas dinner
12. Instructed somebody who gave them a gift that it was the unsuitable one
13. Pulled Santa’s beard off at a grotto
14. Instructed Santa at a grotto that they did not assume he was the ‘actual’ Santa
15. Knocked over a Christmas tree
16. Instructed an aged relative they smelt
17. Woke the family up extraordinarily early when staying at another person’s home
18. Instructed Santa at a grotto that they did not just like the reward he gave them
19. Refused to vary out of their pyjamas for Christmas dinner
20. Requested Santa at a grotto how previous he’s
One other 18 per cent have been left cringing, however 38 per cent admitted they noticed the humorous facet.
The research was commissioned by Virgin Media to have fun the launch of its free digital Santa’s Grotto expertise, which is open for purposes from as we speak.
A spokesperson mentioned: “Each guardian will expertise a cringeworthy second as a consequence of their children in some unspecified time in the future and it appears Christmas is the season for it to occur.
“Youngsters say what they assume and whereas typically that leaves mums and dads feeling embarrassed, it may well additionally create some hilarious household recollections.
“Visiting Santa at a grotto is all the time going to be a memorable expertise for households, much more so if their kids’s antics end in a Christmas calamity, with children asking Santa cheeky questions and even pulling his beard off.
“With Christmas set to be very totally different this yr, we need to be sure that households don’t miss out on the chance to satisfy Santa and we need to assist them benefit from the magic of Christmas with our free, digital Grotto -complete with actual life reindeer.”
The research additionally revealed the funniest and most uncommon issues kids have requested Santa for, together with a pony (13 per cent), a brand new brother or sister (12 per cent) and for it to be Christmas every single day (10 per cent).
Children are additionally eager to place Santa on the spot, with 11 per cent asking how he’ll go to their home in the event that they don’t have a chimney.
Different awkward questions mother and father have confronted from their offspring this yr embrace ‘will Santa be allowed in our home due to social distancing?’ (19 per cent), ‘how is he going to journey as a consequence of restrictions?’ (16 per cent) and ‘we could go away hand sanitiser out?’ (12 per cent).
However so as to make the festive season as ‘regular’ as potential, 48 per cent of these polled through OnePoll, will go away treats out on Christmas Eve.
And 26 per cent plan to have video calls with relations who would often be with them on the day.
Virgin Media’s spokesperson added: “We’ve set Santa up with every thing he wants to attach with households throughout the nation immediately from the North Pole, so he can nonetheless unfold Christmas cheer to kids – even when he can’t do it in individual.
“We’ve labored with our associates on the charity, Scope, to make the periods with Santa as accessible as potential, and have devoted slots for disabled households and people who are shielding.
“Plus, to make the expertise much more magical, each youngster that speaks to Santa will obtain an early Christmas reward; their very own Rudolph tender toy which they’ll cuddle as they depend down the variety of sleeps till the massive day.”
The poll for Virgin Media’s digital Santa’s Grotto is open from 20-23 November through www.virginmedia.com/santa with slots accessible for Virgin Media clients, in addition to disabled households and people who are shielding.