TOTSY Survey Unveils Moms' Love-Hate Relationship With The Holidays, From Cooking To Shopping

85% of moms love how the holiday rush doesn't end until New Year's Eve

Oct 16, 2012, 09:53 ET from TOTSY

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTSY (, the private sale site exclusively dedicated to delivering deals on coveted must-haves for parents, babies and kids, surveyed over 2,200 TOTSY member moms about their love- hate relationship with the upcoming winter holiday season. Despite the inevitable chaos of the holiday rush, 85% of moms say they love how the season doesn't end until the ball drops New Year's Eve with a night of confetti, cocktails and kisses all around!

From shopping to cleaning, below are some additional stats highlighting mom's favorite holiday moments, as well as those that she can live without.

Music: With most radio stations playing holiday music as early as October, moms have to endure a good eight to ten weeks of "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." However, 77% of moms admit to loving holiday tunes and carols, all day, every day and everywhere.

Movies: Old-fashioned, clay animation movies loop on cable for months leading up the holidays. But unlike the overwhelming tolerance for holiday music, one in two moms say they hate the repeat airs on television. Dads, beware! Just as many moms are less tolerant when their significant other makes continuous references to the National Lampoon's holiday movies when preparations don't go as planned.

Food: While working moms spend an average hour and a half slaving away in the kitchen every day, the holidays call for extended cook-a-thon and dirty-dish cleaning duties! 90% of moms say all the leftovers, like yummy gravy and stuffing, are so worth it, and let's not forget dessert. Even though sweet and sticky holiday candy and desserts end up on much more than the hands of their young ones, 70% still love it! Another 85% admit they cherish those last few nibbles of holiday snacks while their kids are fast asleep upstairs, despite the looming New Year's resolution to shed a few pounds.

Shopping: Three out of four moms say they hate temporarily becoming a NASCAR driver to find a spot in the mall parking lot for some last minute shopping to find the perfect gift! So it's no surprise that online holiday shopping hit record sales at over $37 billion last year, hunting for holiday purchases starts well before Halloween, as early as September.

Home: Whether hosting visitors or laying low, from decorating to cleaning, there's a lot involved in getting the house holiday ready. However, 56% of moms don't seem to mind the hassles in decorating as they will stay in the cold for an hour or two to get those tangled but oh so beautiful lights and other holiday decorations wrapped around the house. While an overwhelming 85% say they love the influx of family and friends despite the chaos in organizing and coordinating, 65% don't love the sudden increase in household cleaning to keep those pine needles, cookie crumbs and wrapping paper from taking over the family room.

Gifting: Winter holiday anticipation can often kick kids into hyper overdrive. But even though moms can't get those rascals to stay still for the camera, 90% still look forward to snapping photographs of their kids in their holiday best! Another 93% said they love having their kids hopping into bed SUPER early after a long night of last minute gifting.

"While the winter holidays are one of the most joyous and highly anticipated seasons of the year, TOTSY recognizes that moms play a large part in making sure their families make the most of it," said Diana D. Heather, Chief Mom at TOTSY. "From cooking and cleaning to shopping and decorating, we love seeing how moms really feel about the holiday season," she adds.

Source: TOTSY surveyed nearly 2,200 members in September offering survey participants a chance to win TOTSY credit.


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