The average mother will have spent a staggering 51 hours preparing for Christmas by the time the big day arrives, a study has shown.
The research revealed the equivalent of more than two days will be spent choosing, purchasing and wrapping presents, making nativity costumes for the kids and taking care of the food shopping.
That, in addition to time spent putting up decorations around the house (and on the tree) as well as cleaning up in preparation for visitors.
The study also found that Christmas dinner in itself takes up to 15 hours worth of planning, preparation and cooking.
The research, which was commissioned by UK company Red Tractor Beef and Lamb, also found that 45 percent of mothers sometimes wish they could get away with a simpler meal than a traditional Christmas dinner.
A fuss-free joint of beef or steak and chips were the top alternatives, while many would settle for a takeaway.
"The results show that getting Christmas right is really important for mums," Jane Ritchie-Smith, from Red Tractor Beef and Lamb said.
"They put so much effort into making sure the day, and the whole festive period is perfect, making sure that everyone is fed, entertained and happy."
The research also found that the average mum will spend just under three hours writing and delivering Christmas cards this year. She’ll then put four-and-a-half hours into cleaning the house ahead of guests arriving and nearly three more decorating the home.
A whopping 13 hours goes into the researching, browsing and buying of gifts, followed by at least three-and-a-half hours wrapping them.
The best part of four hours is dedicated to the food shop, with researching recipes and finding ingredients taking a further two in preparation for the Christmas meal.
Nearly three-and-a-half hours is spent preparing and cooking the Christmas Day meat, while on average mothers feel it takes 49 minutes to prepare the table, lay cutlery and get the look just right.
On top of that, an hour is spent peeling, chopping and cooking the vegetables, while gravy and sauces clearly play a big role and earn fifty minutes of dedication on average.
Even when the food is cooking in the oven there's no time for a break. Tending to guests, rustling up drinks and sorting out nibbles takes a further two hours of mum’s valuable time.
Once everyone has had their fill at the table, there’s still the matter of three and a half hours’ worth of washing up to be done over the holidays.
Only 25 percent of women said they weren't under pressure to make things perfect for Christmas, but four in 10 mums feel they get don't get enough help from their partner around the Christmas holidays.
In fact, more than a quarter goes as far as to say the workload that goes into making Christmas happen is usually entirely on their shoulders.
"Mums tend to get left with the majority of the Christmas jobs, but the little tasks can soon add up into hours and days of lengthy preparation and planning," Ritchie-Smith added.