One Third Of People Eat Christmas Dinner While Watching TV

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Christmas is a time to spending quality time with family and friends, but many of us are still spending most of it glued to the TV - even at dinner time.

Over a third of people will keep an eye on the TV while tucking into their Christmas dinner this year, according to research.

A poll for looked at how much time Britons spend watching the small screen on Christmas Day.

More than a third (35%) admitted that they always or sometimes fail to turn off the telly while enjoying their roast turkey and trimmings.

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The research also found that 15% will spend five to eight hours in front of the box, and 9% more than an eight-hour stint on December 25.

Around 35% will sit down to between three and five hours, while 34% will watch just one to three.

More than a third (40%) said that they could not live without TV on Christmas Day while wifi access (24%) and a smart phone (16%) were also deemed essentials.

Half (50%) said that they thought there are more TV repeats on Christmas Day than there were in the past.

The Queen's Christmas message appears to be more popular this year - 46% said they would not tune in for the occasion, down from 64% last year.

But only 5% named the annual address as the Christmas TV they could not miss. editor Tim Glanfield said: "Christmas is a time for family, but it's also a time for great TV and movies and it seems nothing comes between some families and their festive viewing - not even Christmas dinner."

Over 1,100 people were surveyed for the poll.