09 Nov The Christmas Survival Guide
Our gift to you
Oh, how the time flies! It only seemed like yesterday when we were preparing for the Christmas break, now Father Christmas is making his final preparations and New Year is only round the corner.
If you’re anything like us, the festive period is bitter sweet.
Yes, it’s fabulous getting together with the whole family and exciting to receive a shipping container worth of presents. But the fear of your father-in-law stealing your thunder by taking the carving job off you isn’t what you look forward to.
We know Christmas can have its stressful moments – but with our survival guide to the typical scenarios you may face, you can enjoy the festive period without retreating to the trusty shed at the end of the garden.
Don’t let children drive you up the wall
Granted, Christmas is a time for children, but its also equally important to get some you time, some… G&T time. The recipe to get some you time is so simple:
Children are naturally energetic creatures, especially on Christmas day. There are three main things they need to keep the tears at bay, exercise, entertainment and food.
The morning time is always used for present unwrapping and breakfast. Bribing Uncle Steve into doing a Christmas treasure hunt before lunch will give you the valuable seconds needed to prepare a roast that makes Nigella Lawson’s jaw drop. By the time they’ve completed the hunt and won the ‘roast potato eating challenge’ they’ll nap for at least an hour.
Christmas is the only day in the year where surprise visitors are truly unwanted, but it’s also the only day in a year you’re required to be truly hospitable.
Rock and a hard place eh!?
Sadly, you must invite them in, even if it’s for one mince pie to go. The trouble with unannounced visitors is normally deciding which room to take them so they don’t notice just how manic your Christmas day has been. Usually, the living room is scattered with scrunched up wrapping paper, screaming children and Grampa Joe sleeping with his mouth wide open.
If you can, have a designated ‘snug room’ strategically located away from all the chaos. Make sure you pay attention to the relative comfort of your unwanted visitors, ensure they don’t feel too at home and outstay their welcome.
Nobody, especially the kids, wants you to miss the premiere screening of Home Alone 2.
The roast potato fight
Because no one ever fought over the brussel sprouts…
I’m sure you agree; the best bit of any Christmas dinner is the roast potatoes, the crispier the better. However, Britain’s love for roast potatoes has been known to cause family disputes worthy of a feature on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
So, what’s the best method to turn down the heat and avoid a dispute?
Get in there early, claim ignorance and show no remorse. If that didn’t work, blame it on the dog.