The holidays are supposed to be a time of comfort and joy, but 90 percent of Americans report stressing over at least one aspect of the merry season. “For all the chatter about nostalgia, family fun and gift giving this time of year, many people don’t like too much of a good thing,” said Tod Marks, senior editor at Consumer Reports, in a holiday news story on

Here are the top 11 things that Americans dread about Christmas, according to a recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. While it’s not so surprising that Americans get anxious over weight gain and long lines, we were a bit shocked that “being nice” made the list.

68 percent: Crowds and long lines (31 days of healthy, happy holidays)

37 percent: Gaining weight (graze the appetizer table without guilt)

37 percent: Getting into deb

28 percent: Gift shopping (shoppers may spend 19 hours looking for gifts)

25 percent: Traveling (the busiest travel day of the entire year is today!)

24 percent: Seeing certain relatives (what to do if your in-law is a diet outlaw)

23 percent: Seasonal music

19 percent: Disappointing gifts (check out holiday gifts that give back)

16 percent: Having to attend holiday parties or events (how the holidays hurt your sex drive)

15 percent: Having to be nice

12 percent: Holiday tipping

What do you stress about most during the holidays?

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