Well then, how is your Christmas Day going? Santa been? Turkey scoffed? Sherry open? Must just about be time for your annual family bust up over a board game, then!
Good news though – Monopoly chiefs have set up a Christmas hotline offering mediation in light of recent findings which revealed that 51% of Monopoly games end in a row.
The hotline will open from 24th - 26th December and Craig Wilkins, Marketing Director of Hasbro UK & Ireland said: "We'll have experts on hand with the official rulebooks to instantly settle any disputes, and advice on how to resolve common complaints, with each person also having the opportunity to make a donation to Childline when they call."
The top 10 reasons for mid-Monopoly arguments are:
1. People making up rules
2. People being too cocky when winning
3. Someone buying a property you want, even when they don't need it
4. People taking too long to take their turn
5. Someone stealing from the bank
6. Someone deliberately mis-counting their move
7. Who gets to be the banker
8. The property auction process
9. Choice over tokens
10. What the rules of "Free Parking" are
(Number 3 happens EVERY.SINGLE.TIME we play Monopoly in my house.)
And these are the top ten most common ways we cheat during Monopoly:
1. Trying to keep quiet when landing on an opponent's property
2. Stealing money from the bank
3. Moving your token more or less than shown on the dice, to your advantage
4. Making up the rules that suit you, to someone who doesn't know
5. Sneakily adding more houses/hotels than you've paid for
6. Moving the dice to land on the numbers you want
7. Pretending your Chance/Community Chest card is a good one, when really it's a bad one
8. Fiddling the order of Chance/Community Chest cards so you get good ones
9. Bribing other players with real-life rewards for help in the game
10. Stealing properties from the bank
According to ITV, we're all likely to play an average of four board games this Christmas, and are most likely to get out a game of Monopoly between 4-6pm on Christmas Day.
The Monopoly Hotline is braced to receive a flood of calls from 6pm on Christmas day as this is the most common time for families to have an argument.
The helpline is free to call from a landline or mobile, but check with your service provider for more details.
TOPICS: Christmas UK