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Christmas: Expectations vs Reality

By Sabrina Collier

Updated December 18, 2018 Updated December 18, 2018

As you might have noticed, Christmas is right around the corner, and there’s a lot of build up to the big day. But you can’t expect everything to go perfectly to plan, especially when you factor in annoying siblings, grumpy grandparents, ridiculous wrapping paper and the fact you’ve been bought socks for the 19th year running.

If you’re excited for Christmas Day, just remember it won’t be exactly like you dreamed…

The build-up…

Decking the halls

It’s time to decorate! This includes having an impressive set of outdoor lights, ideally so much so that your house can be seen from space. Remember: with Christmas, there’s no such thing as too much.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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Your Christmas tree should also aim for a similar level of ‘wow’ factor…

Just put copious amounts of tinsel on it and hope for the best. In fact, put tinsel EVERYWHERE.

Expectations: 

Christmas tree

Reality:

Going Christmas shopping

RIGHT. Sure, it's going to be a little busy, but you’re sure to pick up some nice bits.

Expectations: 

Christmas shopping

Reality:  

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When you attempt to wrap Christmas presents like a pro

This time you’re going to ace it, so your recipients will spend a good minute or so marveling at how gorgeous their present looks before even attempting to open it.

Expectations:

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Reality:

The Office Christmas party

If you work in a graduate job in an office, there’s no way to avoid the annual office Christmas party…or the embarrassment the next working day if you had one too many glasses of wine.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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The Big Day has arrived!

Opening your presents

Yes! You may not believe in Santa Claus anymore, but let’s not pretend you’re not as excited as a little kid for this part.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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Socks? Oh, thanks Nan, you shouldn’t have. No, really, you shouldn’t have.

Wait, is that…snow?!

Obviously you first need to head to social media to inform everyone of your white Christmas, before wrapping up warm and heading outside to make the most of it.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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Time to stuff yourself silly with Christmas Dinner

Your parents have cooked enough food to feed everyone twice over. Looks like you’ll be having turkey leftovers for a while.

Expectations:

Christmas dinner

Reality:

Relaxing in front of the TV after dinner

Having filled up with enough turkey and mince pies to feed three people (seriously, apparently we consume almost 6,000 calories on Christmas Day), it’s time to spend quality time with the family watching Christmas TV. What could go wrong?

Expectations: 

Family time

Reality:

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Basically:

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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