Can you put a price on holiday spirit? Apparently, you can and it’s $259.
New research into the holiday celebrations explored just what Americans would be willing to pay for if it were an option and found we’d part with more than $250 to feel the festive excitement we did as a little kid.
Americans would also pay $152 on average to guarantee no politics talk at the holiday table.
While, if it were an option, some would part with $158 if it meant skipping sitting down with the in-laws this holiday season.
The new survey of 2,250 Americans by online review platform Yelp revealed some people would rather have stress-free holidays by paying big bucks to complete their holiday tasks for them.
Nearly one in five (19 percent) of those surveyed would pay someone to take care of some or all their holiday chores.
Of those who said they would pay, 73 percent would want them to clean their home, proving that to be the most frustrating task.
Sixty-nine percent feel a bit stressed about getting everything prepared in time for the holidays.
Nearly six in 10 (57 percent) have even thought or said, “I can’t wait for the holiday season to be over.”
Six in ten would hire someone to decorate their home and cook their holiday meal from scratch.
As far as how much money they’ll be willing to hand over, survey takers would be willing to pay $121 to have all their holiday shopping done.
Ensuring that their partner would love their gift would be worth $134. And it’s not just the cleaning, shopping and decorating that they would rather not deal with.
The Yelp study also revealed those struggling to feel the holiday spirit would gladly hand over $259 to get that child-like festive spirit back.
The stress of being well-prepared for the holidays has made many people feel like they’ve been forced to do all the hard work alone.
One in ten (11 percent) say the people in their home are not helpful with the holiday chores, and 38 percent feel like they must even beg or nag someone to help them.
In fact, 18 percent have gotten into a debate with other people in their home about who does the brunt of the work.
About four in ten (39 percent) say some people only show up to help after all the hard work is over — 35 percent have even had to redo a task because someone did not do a good enough job.
More LA residents must deal with working solo as 48 percent feel like there are some people in their home who only show up when the hard work is over.
“From the family get-togethers to traveling to cleaning and even decorating, the holidays can be exhausting for many people,” says Lauren Makk, Yelp’s Home Editor. “Having access to professionals can be a great way to keep your sanity, remain calm and make it through the New Year. Let the professionals do what they do best during the holidays so you can spend time with loved ones and enjoy the season.”
Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) feel that they do most of the work during the holiday season – with gift shopping, buying food, and cooking making up the brunt of their work.
The holidays bring so much stress to some people that it reminds them of another difficult time in their lives.
Six percent are more stressed during the holiday season than they were during their divorce or marital separation.
How much would Americans pay …
To have someone put up the holiday decorations around your home for you — $143
To have all your holiday shopping done for you — $121
To have all gifts perfectly wrapped — $96
To feel the holiday spirit/get excited as you did when you were a little kid — $259
To guarantee your partner loves their gift (not including the cost of the actual gift) — $134
To have the entire holiday meal done (ingredients bought, cooked, served up, all the washing up done in your home) — $146
To guarantee the perfect turkey cooked to perfection — $108
To avoid/skip having to sit down with the in-laws this holiday — $158
To guarantee a harmonious holiday dinner with no talk of politics at the table — $152
To have all the decorations taken down for you at the end of the holiday — $128