Things To Do With Your Flatmates Before Christmas
Well as the the popular Andy Williams song describes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. I would personally disagree with such a statement, but I understand that the popular consensus would in turn disagree with me, so I’ll reluctantly fold. As Christmas approaches, so does the end of Term 1. In my previous blog post I detailed my experience of Term 1 and lockdown, and the experience of being in the constant presence of my friends. If your flatmates haven’t annoyed you too much over the past month, theres plenty of Christmas themed things to do to get you in the festive spirit before you return, driving home for Christmas.
Do Secret Santa
A staple of every lifeless job and fun school initiative, Secret Santa is a great way to bring your flat together and spread the joy of giving this season. Whether you’re the devoted gift giver making dreams come true, or the jokester who can’t resist the opportunity to pull a fast one on your friends, Secret Santa is always a fun experience that is only relevant once a year. One piece of advice I’d offer is to make sure you put a limit on how much a gift can cost. There’d be serious beef if one person spent a fortune and someone else bought Lynx Africa – and I’m not talking about the meat on the table…
Do a Christmas Film Night
Film nights are a classic staple all year round, but the added spirit of the Christmas film is even more enticing for many. Whether working your way through classic Christmas franchises, watching beloved picks or discovering a new favourite, you frankly can’t go wrong with getting your flat together to chill on the sofa to view a Christmas film. As a film student, this is when I must be annoying and recommend a few: It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra’s masterpiece starring James Stewart), The Muppet Christmas Carol (the only thing that could improve Charles Dickens’ timeless tale is The Muppets, and luckily thats exactly what this film does), Eyes Wide Shut (definitely an alternative choice, but if Kubrick hasn’t made one of the greatest commentaries on the consumerist and aimless nature of the season) and Die Hard (yes it’s a Christmas film, John McClane’s wife is literally called Holly!)
Cook a Christmas Meal
I spoke in my previous blog post about the joys of cooking in the kitchen with your flat, and this extends to the wonders of Christmas dinner. There’s nothing quite like the joyous experience and stress that accompanies the prepping of turkey, roasting of vegetables, and the endless amount of washing up to be completed. To really test the strength of a flat’s relationship, assign roles (I’m a washing up man personally), turn on the Christmas tunes, and have yourself a merry little Christmas dinner. I won’t lie and say this year has been easy, and Christmas will certainly look different this year, but if anything will prove that being with friends and the ones you love is the most important thing, a communal Christmas dinner is probably it. And of course don’t forget the Christmas crackers…