Christmas the season of goodwill… and survival in the face of family. I know, a little dramatic, but this is the time of year that we voluntarily lock ourselves away with our families and close friends and then add alcohol. It can be both joyous and scary.
But how do you survive the season still talking to your nearest and dearest?
I think I have the best idea, the Aged Ps are staying at my sister’s and I’m staying at own flat and toddling the ten minute walk between the two buildings when needed. Together yet apart.
If you don’t have such a small family or the convenient geographical location that I have then I have constructed a small guide to get you through the festive season in tact.
1. Get out.
That seems a little stark but it is a necessity. And when I say get out I mean go for a walk, get the blood pumping and the feet moving. It is good for a variety of reasons. You can get out from under the feet of whoever is cooking the dinner, you can get away from that really annoying relative that is always asking when you are going to date/get married/have kids/move house. It can also help burn those extra calories that we all consume without really caring.
And if you need a nudge to set foot outside then why not ask for something to keep you warm on the day? Dubarry have some toasty Boot Liners to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your toes and Barbour Boyd lambswool socks will keep manly feet warm.
If your furry friends want to join you but the thought of smelling wet dog instead of mulled wine puts you off then maybe you should think of getting them their own Barbour Wax Dog Coat
If you fancy something more energetic you could always start out Christmas morning with a run. Yes, a run. It makes you look virtuous and healthy and you can easily havethose third helpings of roast potatoes. Or you could just ask for Feetures to be added to your Christmas stocking and say it is the thought that counts.
Another great excuse to get out of the house is by getting the kids a pair of Heelys. And while you are at it email the company and ask why they don’t make these for adults. Really. I want some!
2. Stay In
Ok so this completely contradicts what I said earlier but you should also stay in and watch Christmas movies whilst demolishing another tin of Quality Streets. Whether it is ‘A Wonderful Life’ or ‘Love Actually’ or even ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ then I say go for it. It is also the best time to wear your new presents because everyone should get a new pair of slippers for Christmas.
If you start getting stir crazy staring at the same people over the festive period may I suggest visiting other people? Adding new blood to the group can be healthy, it can also be a really good excuse to break out any presents that might have been exchanged. I mean that new handbag that you bookmarked and “accidentally” sent via email to your partner that then appeared under the tree, yes this one from Gianni Conti.
Or maybe you have a new Barbour shirt that needs an outing?
However you spend Christmas I hope it is happy and that Father Christmas brings you everything you wish for.