Christmas: Expectation Vs Reality

The most wonderful time of the year is here, however it doesn't all always go to plan. Here's stages of Christmas - what we expect, and what really happens... 


Pets at Christmas

Expectation

Christmas with our favourite critters - what a dream!

Reality

Turn your back for two seconds and all hell breaks loose. Turns out Tabitha the Tabby Cat wasn't as 'in' to Christmas as you first thought...



The Tree

Expectation

Getting the wow factor everytime you come home to your 100 bauble-d, fairy light glittering MASTERPIECE


Reality

Hours of hard work is continuously ruined by it toppling over at every opportunity. Because apparently there IS such a thing as too many decorations. Who knew... 


Present Shopping

Expectation

Calm, collected and all sorted in the space of one weekend a la Cher Horowitz


Reality  

Shops will be horrendous, the queues unimaginable and your bags will most likely break on the way home. 'I LOVE CHRISTMAS' you whisper to yourself as you scoop up your shiny new gifts off the pavement


Weather

Expectation

SURELY we're due a White Christmas?! From the carols to the Christmas song classics and sledging, to snowball fights - please let it happen... 


Reality  

Rain, rain and oh yeah - more rain...


Driving Home For Christmas


Expectation

All the countdown to Christmas emotions in a car. A whole drive of singing along to Now That's What I Call Christmas. Air punching may also occur...




Reality

Back to back cars as far as the eye can see. Why didn't I take the back roads?!



Christmas Morning

Expectation

All those 'casual' hints dropped throughout the year have paid off!


Reality

There will be at least one dispute about a gift - whether it's already owning said gift, you (secretly) hating it or downright throwing it to one side. Christmas brings out the worst in some people...


All The Food

Expectation

I'm totally going to pace myself this year. I am the epitome of food sophistication


Reality

Yeah that lasted a whole, what? Two seconds. GIVE ME ALL OF THE FOOD


Family Games

Expectation

Sitting down and playing a classic family board game


Reality

Being adamant you're not bothered about winning at all. Until you lose to your older sister Clare and the embarassment is too much




Ahhhh, we love Christmas. Bring it on!