IT'S almost here - the most wonderful time of the year.
But with all the joy and merriment of the festive season comes some awkward Christmas moments we'd all rather avoid.
Instant Scratch-Its recently asked more than 1000 Australians which awkward Christmas moments they would most like to avoid this year.
The research, conducted by ReachTEL, revealed that gift-giving is the biggest worry for Australians, with the majority of respondents hoping to avoid present-related awkward moments.
'Getting a gift from someone you didn't get a gift for' came out on top with 37.2 per cent while a further 17.3 per cent of respondents dread 'asking for a gift receipt' more than anything else.
Instant Scratch-Its spokesperson Nicole Hogan said the results are not surprising as Australians love getting into the Christmas spirit.
"More than one-third of Australians surveyed said they are nervous about getting a gift from someone they didn't get a gift for, which indicates that we're polite and generous especially at Christmas time, which is traditionally known as the season for giving," Ms Hogan said.
"It's a good idea to keep a stash of Christmas presents in the house to avoid this awkward dilemma-Instant Scratch-Its tickets are perfect."
Other awkward Christmas moments identified by Australians include 'unexpected guests showing up at your house' (14.4 per cent), 'getting stuck talking to a distant relative' (12.1 per cent) and 'double booking Christmas events' (10.8 per cent).
Only 8.2 per cent of respondents think 'the next time you see your colleagues after the work Christmas party' is an awkward scenario.
"Surprisingly, despite Christmas being known as the silly season, less than one in ten Australians dread facing their colleagues after their Christmas party," Ms Hogan said.
The research also revealed that more than 70 per cent of Australians found it difficult purchasing secret Santa-style gifts for colleagues, with only 11.5 per cent of respondents identifying that buying gifts for colleagues was 'very easy'.
"Buying secret Santa gifts for colleagues, especially if you're unlucky enough to draw the boss, is a challenge for most of us," Ms Hogan said.
Which of the following awkward Christmas moments would you like to avoid the most this year?
This survey was conducted using an automated telephone based survey system among 1,373 voters. The data has been weighted to reflect the population, age and gender distribution as provided by the ABS. Telephone numbers and the person within the household were selected at random. Copyright ReachTEL Pty Ltd.