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Christmas: Expectations vs Reality

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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 bright and vast in number that your house can be seen from space.

Expectations:

Christmas decorations

Reality:

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

Or just put copious amounts of tinsel on it and hope for the best.

Expectations: 

Christmas tree

Reality:

When you attempt to wrap Christmas presents beautifully

This time you’re going to ace it, so your recipient will spend a good minute or so marveling at how well their present’s been wrapped before even attempting to open it.

Expectations:

Christmas present

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.

Expectations:

Office Christmas party

Reality:

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And on the big day…

Opening your presents

Yes! Let’s not pretend you’re not as excited as a little kid for this part.

Expectations:

Opening presents

Reality:

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

It’s snowing!

After tweeting straight away to inform everyone of your white Christmas, you wrap up warm and head outside to make the most of it.

Expectations:

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Reality:

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Having a sumptuous banquet for 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 having dinner

Having stuffed yourself with food (and maybe a bit of booze), it’s time to spend quality time with the family watching Christmas TV...

Expectations: 

Family time at Christmas

Reality:

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which 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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