- Publish Date
- Saturday, 23 December 2017, 10:15AM
Christmas is the highlight of a lot of people's year, it's when families come together and celebrate a baby (Jesus) being born with presents and food.
This may be why it's known as the season of giving, but you may end up giving a lot of something else during this time...
But why is that?
Researchers from the University of Indiana have been researching this topic from 2004 to try and work out the pattern.
They concluded that it may be down to the fact that Christmas is a holiday celebrating family, so people feel more maternal during that period.
"We observe that Christmas and Eid-Al-Fitr are characterized by distinct collective moods that correlate with increased fertility
Perhaps people feel a greater motivation to grow their families during holidays when the emphasis is on love and gift-giving to children. The Christmas season is also associated with stories about the baby Jesus and holy family, which may put people in a loving, happy, 'family mood.
Or it may just be all the free time that we seem to have on our hands around that time...