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.\r\nIf you’re excited for Christmas Day, just remember it won’t be exactly like you dreamed…\r\nThe build-up…\r\nDecking the halls\r\nIt’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.\r\nExpectations:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nReality:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nYour Christmas tree should also aim for a similar level of ‘wow’ factor…\r\nJust put copious amounts of tinsel on it and hope for the best. In fact, put tinsel EVERYWHERE.\r\nExpectations: \r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nReality:\r\n\r\nGoing Christmas shopping\r\nRIGHT. Sure, it\u0027s going to be a little busy, but you’re sure to pick up some nice bits.\r\nExpectations: \r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nReality: \r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nWhen you attempt to wrap Christmas presents like a pro\r\nThis 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.\r\nExpectations:\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nReality:\r\n\u0022I ran out of Christmas wrapping paper so I had to improvise\u0022 pic.twitter.com/0l7XozIip5— UNILAD (@UNILAD) December 13, 2016\r\n\r\nThe Office Christmas party\r\nIf 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.\r\nExpectations:\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nReality:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nThe Big Day has arrived!\r\nOpening your presents\r\nYes! 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.\r\nExpectations:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nReality:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nSocks? Oh, thanks Nan, you shouldn’t have. No, really, you shouldn’t have.\r\nWait, is that…snow?!\r\nObviously 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.\r\nExpectations:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nReality:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nTime to stuff yourself silly with Christmas Dinner\r\nYour parents have cooked enough food to feed everyone twice over. Looks like you’ll be having turkey leftovers for a while.\r\nExpectations:\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nReality:\r\n\r\nRelaxing in front of the TV after dinner\r\nHaving 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?\r\nExpectations: \r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nReality:\r\n\r\nvia GIPHY\r\nBasically:\r\n“I think at Christmas you need to drink to get through it.” #thefam— Milly-it’s-Christmas-bitches-Grace (@millyhopster) November 26, 2018\r\n\r\nWant more content like this? Register for free site membership to get regular updates and your own personal content feed.