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Press Release   •   Dec 23, 2013 10:58 GMT

50% of Brits say the thing they look forward to most on Christmas Day is spending time with their family and they voted their top three festive activities as watching movies, playing board games and family walks, according to new research from leading insurer, Allianz Your Cover.

Unfortunately, the survey of 2,000 householders also revealed that one in five householders has experienced a Christmas Day disaster and 44% of those said it ‘ruined their day’. Allianz Your Cover found that the most common problems encountered over the festive holiday are:

  • Burst pipes and water leaks (24%)
  • Illness (21%)
  • Power cuts (13%)
  • Burning the Christmas Dinner (12%)
  • Burglaries (9%)

Jon Lott, Allianz Your Cover, comments: "In the event that something goes wrong on Christmas day, it’s worth having a list of emergency contact numbers to hand. Households with insurance should check to see if they have home emergency cover, so that in the event of a heating, plumbing or electricity crisis, they can call their insurer to receive immediate advice and support."

When asked what their favourite presents were, men said that gadgets were their favourite Christmas present with iPads, tablets and phones topping the list, but for women, the best present they could receive is jewellery.

Other survey findings include:

  • 43% of householders will not exchange Christmas cards with neighbours and only 20% will spend time with neighbours over the festive season
  • 30% of people plan to have their first Christmas tipple before midday
  • ‘It’s a wonderful life’ is the most popular Christmas movie (15%), while the worst Christmas film of all time was voted ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ (20%).

Jon Lott adds: "It’s fantastic that so many people look forward to the festive season and enjoy spending time with their loved ones. The majority of people will have a great time this Christmas, but for those do experience of a household disaster, their insurer may well be able to save the day!"

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Notes for the Media

A survey of 2,000 people in the UK was carried out in December 2013 by One Poll on behalf of Allianz Your Cover.

Allianz Your Cover is a new breed of insurance product, offering cover that customers select to precisely match their own lifestyle and circumstances. Using an easy to use ‘Quote and Buy’ website, Your Cover makes it simple to design and, obtain a quote, and manage your insurance online.About Allianz Your Cov

The result of two years' research involving thousands of insurance buyers, Allianz Your Cover is a product from Allianz Insurance plc, which is a part of the global Allianz Group.

Your Cover insurance quotes are available online at


Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

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