How To Survive Christmas

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Is Christmas a little too sparkly and over the top for you? Perhaps you don’t fancy eating your bodyweight in mince pies or feel a little lonely during the festive period? Whatever the case, these ten tips should take your mind off crackers and carols and keep you in good spirits.
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10. Stock up on movies

Come December, you can pretty much guarantee that most TV channels will be filled with festive cartoons, charming Christmas films and seasonal adverts from top brands. If all the charming, heart-warming shows make you roll your eyes in disbelief, be sure to download or buy a variety of alternative movies in advance so you can watch them at your leisure. That way, you can creep off when everyone’s in a mulled wine-induced slumber and catch up on some classics.

eBay recommends:  Watching a selection of favourite Disney films from your childhood as these are sure to bring a smile to your face. What’s not to love about Cinderella or Hercules after all? Alternatively, get lost in the whole Bond back catalogue.
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9. Buy a good book

Getting lost in a book is a great way to while away the time. Not only will you look intellectual, but you can drift off into your own world and forget about Christmas – after all, there’s sure to be a novel that’ll take your mind off the merriment. From the Alex Cross crime thrillers by James Patterson to light-hearted romances, such as Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, there’s no shortage of literature that’ll transport you to a different place entirely.

Worried about being antisocial? Wait until the Downton Abbey Christmas special or The Queen’s speech comes on before whipping out a novel as people will then be too glued to the TV to notice what you’re doing.

eBay recommends: Re-reading an old favourite in case you’re distracted by a game of Charades or asked to peel the Christmas spuds.
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8. Perfect your cookery skills

Okay, so you might not like Christmas as such, but why not use it as a time to perfect your cookery skills? You’re bound to get a visit from Uncle Bob or your Great Aunt Florence, so put your latest dishes to the test and knock up a wide range of treats. This will keep you busy while your family soak up the festivities and could earn you a compliment or two if you manage to produce some tasty canapés or the pièce de résistance itself – Christmas lunch.

eBay recommends: Flicking through lots of recipe books to come up with a range of exquisite creations and keep you from being grumpy to granny.
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7. Enjoy good grub

If you’re not a dab hand in the kitchen, fear not, Christmas is still the perfect excuse to enjoy a host of delicious meals and snacks, whether home cooked or shop bought. A roast dinner can do wonders for your mood, but if turkey and spuds don’t do the trick, there’s always the wide range of Christmas treats that can be bought at this time of year, including Terry’s Chocolate Orange, chocolate coins, selections boxes and a host of savoury snacks such as cheese straws or spicy nuts to work your way through.

eBay recommends: Treating yourself to a big, fat roast of your choice, with all the trimmings, finished off by a rich Christmas pudding and a glass of sherry or two.
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6. Visit friends and relatives

Many people have time off during December, so whether you love Christmas or not, the festive period provides a great opportunity to visit those people you haven't seen in a long time. Spending time with loved ones can make this season a lot more enjoyable and will hopefully lift your spirits – or at least help you get through December with a smile. Conversely, if your family starts to drive you mad, make an escape plan to go meet some sane friends in the local pub.

eBay recommends: Buying travel tickets in advance and travelling early or late to avoid the Christmas rush. 
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5. Do your shopping online

Head into town and you can pretty much guarantee that every shop will be blasting popular festive songs and be crammed with excited/frustrated consumers trying to complete their Christmas shopping in the nick of time. If the idea of battling crowds and dodging Christmas trees brings you out in a sweat, try doing all your shopping online and buy presents for your family from the comfort of your own home.

eBay recommends: Making a list, checking it twice and finding out who’s been naughty or nice before buying your online gifts.
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4. Make the most of the sales

While we all want something to open on the big day, waiting for the post-Christmas sales to buy goodies isn’t a bad idea. Many sellers slash their prices from Boxing Day onwards, so it’s well worth keeping an eye out for those big deals and grabbing yourself a bargain. Again, if you want to avoid the January sales dash, have a look what’s available online and order in bulk to beat excessive delivery charges.

eBay recommends: Making any significant purchases, such as a washing machine, TV or cooker after Christmas. Bargain city!
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3. Join in the fun and games

At this time of year you have two main options: to be the Christmas spoilsport, or to join in the fun and games. If you don’t celebrate December 25th or don’t feel excited by this occasion, fair enough, but what’s wrong with a game of Cluedo or Monopoly on a cold winter’s night? Old-school board games can be fun at any time of year and are a great way to get the family together for a bit of competitive banter.

eBay recommends: Alternating between online games and old-fashioned board games to suit every generation.
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2. Embrace fancy dress

There’s something about Christmas that makes grown adults want to parade around in fancy dress. While prancing around as an elf might not be your cup of tea, you could always dress up as Scrooge or The Grinch and make fun of your dislike for this time of year. The irony is sure to get a few laughs (particularly if you’re renowned for your festive mumbles and grumbles) and is one way to approach the dreaded office party, client drinks or another kind of seasonal event.
eBay recommends: Checking out the wide array of fancy dress outfits, including adult-sized attired and face paints. 
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1. Jet off to the sun

And if none of these suggestions do the trick, jumping on a plane and heading to some winter sun certainly will. The Caribbean and Far East are sunny all year round, so check out the top holiday hot spots. Give enough hints and someone might even whisk you away unexpectedly – just to stop you from whinging!

eBay recommends: Letting your hair down and enjoying the trip of a lifetime. Don’t forget to take a camera.
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