There's no other time like the holidays to examine your life and how lucky you are to be surrounded by friends and family. While you're at it, you might as well take a look at your relationship with your significant other and see just what makes you click. We're not suggesting you sit down and have a deep, intense one-on-one under the mistletoe, but make a game out of it instead.
You ask your partner and yourself a question, then compare the results to see exactly where the two of you fall on different subjects, concerns, and topics as important as religion and as light-hearted as how much you love Christmas.
In the name of holidays and all things merry, Tokii put together statistics comparing how men and women view certain aspects of the holidays differently. Women are far more concerned with hosting, cleaning and overall expectations of the holidays, while men are a bit more laid-back.
Here are a few more things Tokii found about men and women during the holiday season:
- Eighty-one percent of women cite "cleaning/cost/expectations" as the most stressful component of hosting a holiday gathering, whereas 64 percent of the male counterpart found stress in "cleaning." Yes, just "cleaning" — no shopping, no cooking, no hanging up the Christmas lights, just "cleaning."
- When it came to how the genders dealt with stress, 50 percent of women wish that they didn't "take it out on others" when they're stressed with holiday excitement, and 50 percent of men wish they didn't "withdraw or complain" when faced with the same feeling. This sounds about right.
- In dealing with this inescapable stress, 45 percent of women hit the bottle, compared to 43 percent of men who do the same.
- On a lighter note, 59 percent of men and 50 percent of women considered Christmas to be their favorite holiday. Perhaps that nine percent difference can be attributed to how a lot of the hosting and entertaining weight is put on the woman's plate? Maybe?
The statistics continue on, and although not every possible holiday-related issue is covered, it's interesting to see Tokii's findings and apply them to your own relationship.
Knowledge is power, and in the end it will only make you closer.