November 1, 2011

Holiday Stress Reliever? Sex! 1 in 6 Couples on Have More Sex During the Holidays

From Holiday Weight Gain and Gifting Grief to Holiday Sex and In-Law Stress, 2011 Holiday Survey Reveals What Couples Are Really Thinking (and Doing!) During the Holidays

NEW YORK (November 1, 2011) – Perhaps sex is a holiday stress reliever. According to 2011 Holiday Survey, approximately 1 in 6 couples have more sex than usual during the holidays, despite the fact that nearly half of women say they feel more stressed during this season. In its 2nd annual Holiday Survey,, a hip how-to guide for home and life from leading lifestage media company XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO;, surveyed more than 500 women on the site to uncover what today’s modern women are really thinking (and doing) when it comes to the holiday season. 2011 Holiday Survey Highlighted Results

Not one single man takes the lead when it comes to holiday shopping! That’s right – not a single woman who took 2011 Holiday Survey said her significant other does the majority of the holiday shopping. In fact, an overwhelming 73% of women on said they do the majority of holiday gift shopping, whereas just 27% of couples spend equal amounts of time shopping for holiday gifts.

1 in 5 significant others spend more on their gift. Maybe it’s to make up for their lack of shopping support? While 21% of guys are spending more on their girls, a large majority of couples (69%) talk with their partner about budget and agree on how much they’ll each spend ahead of time. Even with these early discussions, more than half (56%) of women would still consider returning their partner’s gift and 28% actually have returned it.

1 in 6 couples have MORE sex during the holidays! For some couples, holiday stress actually enhances their sex lives. While the majority of women on (76%) are having the same amount of sex as usual, about 1 in 6 (15%) have more sex than usual – it is a happy season, after all. Sadly though, 9% of couples have less sex during the season… perhaps it’s all that holiday stress?

Almost half (43%) of women feel more stressed during the holidays. It’s not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone, though. Unhelpful partners are partly to blame, with 42% of women on wishing their significant other would help more with holiday preparations. Hosting their significant other’s family also contributes to the stress, with 1 in 3 (35%) feeling intimidated to host their in-laws.

In-laws are the most difficult to buy gifts for. As if it weren’t already hard enough to deal with the stress of hosting their significant other’s family, the majority (62%) of women on find their in-laws some of the most difficult and annoying people to buy holiday gifts for too. In second place? Their parents, with 1 in 3 (34%) women finding their own parents difficult and annoying to buy gifts for this holiday season.

Holiday weight gain is the number one holiday gripe. Nearly half (43%) said one of their biggest holiday grievances is the weight gain from all that delicious seasonal food. What else made the top five holiday “hate list”? Dealing with family (28%), traveling (26%), buying gifts (19%) and holiday tipping (13%).

Royal fever still dominates. Prince William and Kate are still as popular as ever on this side of the pond! More than half of couples (51%) on said they would spend the holidays with Wills and Kate over the Kardashian family (16%), Ryan Gosling (16%) and Anderson Cooper (12%) if they had their choice of those celebrities. The bottom of the list? Lady Gaga – with only 5% – apparently not everyone understands she was just born that way.

“The holidays can be a difficult time of year for couples, from juggling family politics to budgeting and finding the perfect gift (in the right price range, no less!) – it’s no wonder many couples hit snags in their relationships during the season,” said Carley Roney, editor in chief of “Our survey aims to get to the bottom of all the emotions boiling under the surface of the holiday season, and that’s why we’ve produced content exclusively for our couples on everything from tips on dealing with holiday stressors to non-cheesy holiday décor ideas and more.”

So whether you’re looking for the ultimate gift ideas for everyone on your list, recipes to feed the holiday spirit or easy, budget-friendly ways to entertain with the best of them this season, has launched a brand-new Holiday channel dedicated to helping couples navigate the holiday terrain for Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond. On this channel, you’ll find:

• Holiday Survival Guide: 5 Ways to Carve Out “Me” Time This Holiday Season, How to Split the Holidays Without Making Enemies
• Sleighful of Holiday Recipes: The Ultimate Turkey Guide, Healthy Comfort Foods, 70+ Tempting Appetizers and Festive & Yummy Cocktails
• Décor & Entertaining Tips: Tricked-Out Holiday Decorations, Top Wines Under $15, How to Remove Party Stains and 9 Centerpieces for Any Occasion

About The Nest
The Nest ( is the only brand focused exclusively on young nesters setting up homes and navigating new lives together, reaching millions of couples each year through, The Nest books, The Nest Home Design Handbook and The Nest Newlywed Handbook (published by Clarkson Potter). The popular offshoot of The Knot takes a hip how-to approach to all things “grown up”: merging finances, buying and decorating homes, cooking and entertaining, family relationships and more through expert Q&As, an online community and interactive tools. The Nest is a part of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO;, formerly The Knot Inc., a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives.


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