It’s finally December and now socially acceptable for the Christmas hype to start, not that anyone took any notice, it’s been dragging on since November (alright sorry, being a Scrooge).
Anyhow, here’s my take on how to nail Christmas as a student.
Firstly in order to get into the festive spirit, just head down to the Christmas market in the city centre. It looks cool, smells good and will automatically put you in the Christmas mood. I didn’t spend any money there as I’m taking the broke student outlook on life very seriously (mainly because I am broke) but it was still good fun.
Secondly, it has to be a night out to Christmas Pop Tarts or any generic club night where they pump out all the Christmas classics. Complete with compulsory Christmas hat you can take to the dance floor to sing along to festive bangers by the likes of East 17, Slade, The Pogues and many more. Remember any Christmas playlist is never complete without Mariah’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ – this has to be everyone’s favourite Christmas song right?
At some point a Christmas meal is an obligatory event. Whether it’s with flatmates, a sports team or society, it just has to be done. The phrase ‘the more the merrier’ has never been more appropriate in terms of the number of Christmas dinners you can eat!
Finally, what better way to spend even more money than with Secret Santa – why would you not want to buy someone a present they will probably never ever use? The best part of all is you get to receive one yourself! Although they can be pretty useless presents at times, Secret Santa can produce some hilarious gifts and it is a true test of your creativeness to achieve this when buying for somebody else.
Then, if you’re going home for Christmas, you are nicely warmed up and accustomed to do it all again. But, even if you’re staying in Sheffield, then no one’s stopping you doing Round 2… or you could just ignore all this and put Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat and spend December in bed watching Christmas films.