It's a popular myth that families come together at Christmas in a spirit of goodwill, smiling benevolently at their relatives and marvelling in the joy that is the festive season. In TV adverts, nobody bursts into tears because the six-foot tree crashed down onto them, no one has a blazing row over the turkey, and nobody ever storms out of the house, cursing their family and vowing never to return (TV adverts would be so much more entertaining if they did).
The reality is that January is the peak time for divorce applications, as there's nothing like being in a confined space, in an over-heated house with your extended family to make you realise just how much you dislike your spouse (and, for that matter, your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, anyone else's children and probably even your own).
People feel under a huge amount of pressure to have a wonderful time because they think everyone else is. In fact, they've spent too much money, often drunk too much alcohol, and eaten so much chocolate that they might never recover.
What are your tips for surviving the festive season? Long walks in the park away from your family? Rationing alcohol so that no one gets drunk and starts revealing some choice 'home truths' about their relatives? Share yours here.
'Home for the Holidays' pits an engaged couple against their extended families for the chance to win £500,000. It starts on Channel 4 on Sunday at 8pm and runs all week.