If you feel like the Grinch during Christmas, you are not alone, according to a new poll.
Consumer Reports reports “35 million Americans dread having to be nice for the holidays.”
While 35 million sounds like a huge number, if people responded to telephone surveys honestly that number would likely be a lot higher.
The survey of 1,013 U.S. residents conducted Nov. 4-7 asked people what they dreaded most during the holidays.
The findings indicate the following, plus a limited ability to think up synonyms for “dread.”
* 90 percent malign something.
* 68 percent don’t look forward to waiting in line.
* 37 percent fear putting on weight.
* 37 percent abhor getting in debt.
* 28 percent deride shopping, and will spend an average of 19 hours doing it.
* 24 percent find mordant the idea of seeing relatives.
* 23 percent loathe Christmas music.
* 16 percent churlishly attend holiday parties.
* 15 percent grimly ponder being nice.
* 12 percent are not keen on tipping, which many waiters and waitresses will say sounds low.
“For all the chatter about nostalgia, family fun and gift giving this time of year, many people don’t like too much of a good thing,” said Tod Marks, senior editor at Consumer Reports.