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How To Survive Christmas Day

20.12.17

Spending the festive season with your nearest and dearest? Don’t worry, we can sympathise. Here’s how to make it through
Christmas Day unscathed

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Christmas is billed as the most wonderful time of the year and the lead-up, while stressful, often can be: swanky parties, meandering gorgeously lit markets or sipping on a glass of mulled wine in a cosy pub with friends. But the day itself always presents its fair share of challenges: the anxiety of opening gifts and trying to hide the disappointment in your face, the intense family time, tolerating hyperactive children, trying (and failing) to not get drunk at the dinner table… the list is endless.

To get you through those moments of madness, we have compiled a list of five things to remember in order to survive the day in true festive spirit…

Plan your outfit

We’re going to assume that as you’re taking the time to read this you are someone who cares about what you wear and your appearance. Christmas Day is one of those times it’s perfectly acceptable to get dressed up just to stay indoors and have dinner. Chances are someone will call to the door, whether it’s other relatives or the next-door neighbours. Dress to impress – you want them to leave thinking you’re that same big-city hot shot you think you are in your head. However, you must also consider comfort (it’s a long day) and size (a gentleman doesn’t undo his belt and trousers at the table.) Consider the smart-casual approach and pair a tailored suit with a rollneck. Opt for trousers with waist adjusters so you can discreetly let your stomach breathe after the turkey.


Company is key

Christmas Day is one of the most full-on days off from work you’ll ever have. It’s incredibly long, there’s rarely a quiet moment and you won’t be able to slip away to your room to watch the second series of The Crown in bed. It’s imperative you surround yourself with the right kind of people, whether that be family, friends or a partner. Top tip: yes, 2017 has been a tumultuous year, but avoid talk of politics at the dinner table unless you want to ignite World War Three and a severe bout of indigestion.


Go offline

We know it may feel important to Instagram Live your Christmas dinner, but believe us, everyone is going to be far too involved with their own meal to even consider engaging with yours. Instead use Christmas Day as an opportunity to take a 24-hour break from social media. Curl up on the couch with a hot drink and read that book you never got around to starting. Break out the Monopoly and get the family involved. While away a few hours watching festive films on the TV. Take a nap. In short, use this time to give your mind a break from being constantly switched on to everything digital – including emails. They’ll all still be there in the morning.


Keep active

It’s definitely-maybe the last thing on your mind at this time of year, but a little light exercise on the day will go a long way to making it all the more bearable. It doesn’t even have to be strenuous. Weather-permitting of course, but a good way to break up the day is to take a walk. Whether alone or with company, a pleasant stroll around the neighbourhood or countryside will kerb any feelings of cabin fever that may arise from being cooped up in the house all day.


Pace yourself

It’s easy to fall into the trap of getting very drunk on Christmas Day. From the breakfast Buck’s Fizz to the midday sip of Baileys to the seemingly endless supply of wine once dinner kicks off, booze is omnipresent. There can be an unspoken rule that it is necessary to drink, but there is nothing wrong with refusing if you don’t fancy waking up on Boxing Day with a severe headache and a heart full of regret. If you do drink, however, remember to pace yourself. Drink plenty of water in between and try not to mix your drinks too much; otherwise you may end up telling a certain person exactly what you think of them or, even worse, go on a festive drunk-texting spree. This applies to Christmas Eve, too. Enjoy yourself, but drink sensibly.

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