With the festive season coming into full swing, Brits are suffering from some seasonal slip ups that may compromise the long-awaited Christmas meal. Despite 40% of the nation slaving away in the kitchen for up to five hours preparing for the annual feast, over a third (34%) of Brits reveal they have forgotten a key item for Christmas dinner.

Forgetting the stuffing is cited as the biggest festive faux pas by a quarter of Brits who claim they have accidentally overlooked the festive staple, followed by cranberry sauce (23%), pigs in blankets (19%) and gravy (15%).

‘Christmas brain’ is causing Brits to be absent-minded when it comes to the big shop, with nearly a third (30%) of Brits admitting they have forgotten essential items due to having too many to remember. Other causes of festive fog include forgetting a shopping list (25%), getting flustered in the supermarket because they can’t find what they need (19%), and being in a rush and panic buying (18%).

And it’s not only the Christmas meal that’s at stake – a fifth (20%) of Brits have also forgotten to buy a gift for a loved one altogether.


Top 10 most forgotten Christmas items:
  1. Stuffing
  2. Cranberry sauce
  3. Pigs in blankets
  4. Gravy
  5. Parsnips
  6. Cheese
  7. Brussel sprouts
  8. Carrots
  9. Christmas cake
  10. Potatoes


To help Brits remember every single in their big shop and ensure a faultless Christmas meal, Asda has enlisted Christmas Champions in the run up to the Christmas, dedicated to helping shoppers in store find everything they need, and highlighting commonly forgotten items.

An Asda spokesperson, said: “We know Brits put a lot of time, love and care into preparing the Christmas meal, so we’d hate to see it tarnished by simply forgetting a key ingredient, which can easily happen to anyone. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our customers, and this year our Christmas Champions will be on hand to help take the stress out of Christmas and make sure the preparation of the festive feast goes off without a hitch.”