Stockings, Santa and stress: Survey reveals Americans are anxious about the holidays

With Halloween 2023 in the rearview mirror and Thanksgiving next week, Americans are gearing up for the holiday season — and yeah, they’re already feeling nervous. 

According to 1,000 respondents to a survey from the homecare app Thumbtack, 58% of its respondents say they’re stressed about the holidays coming ’round the corner.

That number jumps to 70% if they’re hosting the festivities.

That said, 44% of Americans plan on doing just that, with 23% saying they’re doing it for the first time ever this year. 

The survey also revealed that other than gift-giving, cleaning and organizing before a season shindig was the biggest stressor; 59% admit to procrastinating on that front. 

The actual act of hosting itself was only stressful for 11%, while 10% admitted to wringing their hands about decorating their house for the holidays — though more than half say they drag their feet on that. 

Forty-one percent say they start decorating their houses between Halloween and Thanksgiving; 34% wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

And when the new year rolls around, take note: 34% of those polled say they judge their neighbors for not taking down their decorations on time. And 54% agree that “too long” is anytime past the end of January.

Sheesh. Is it too early for the spiked eggnog?

Survey questions, methodology and results have not been verified or endorsed by ABC News or The Walt Disney Company.