It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
We all have a favourite Christmas song. They are comforting and familiar and remind us of Christmases gone by. But as a student, stepping into Christmas can feel a little different.
You’re supposed to be jingle-bell rockin’ around the Christmas tree and having a holly jolly time; this is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year. But for many of you, this may also be a time of deadlines, inflated heating bills and the prospect of a long journey home so it may not feel entirely wonderful.
Whether Christmas still seems a long way off, or if you feel like it’s approaching all too quickly, it’s important that you’re able to enjoy the holidays and relax after a long semester. The good news is, there’s still time to prepare yourself, plan ahead and make sure your Christmas is as stress-free as possible.
Back in your pre-university days, otherwise known as your childhood, things probably felt a little bit simpler. You didn’t need to worry about when you were going to travel home or what you needed to pack, you didn’t know what the word dissertation meant and there was no danger of the tree being put up without you. The holidays were long and Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year.
Remember the days when you’d wake up at 5am and wake up the entire household so you could rip into your presents? Well, that won’t happen this year. Whether you spend Christmas Eve out with your old school friends, or if you stay up late watching Christmas movies and wrapping presents, you’ll probably find that it’ll be you that’s woken up far earlier than you’d like to join in the festivities.
And remember when you’d sit around all day, surrounded by discarded wrapping paper and eating chocolate while Macaulay Culkin ran around on the TV trying to kill Joe Pesci? Well this time round, prepare yourself for the possibility that you may be asked to help out in the kitchen. That food that you used to think just appeared by magic is the responsibility of the adults in the house and, now, that includes you!
All I want for Christmas
When you were a kid, you knew exactly what you wanted for Christmas. And, more importantly, everyone else knew. You’d shout it from the rooftops and tell anyone that listened. You’d write letters to Santa, or go and see the ‘real thing’ at the nearest shopping centre. You’d point at things in shops and add them to your list.
Well, this year, the chances are no one knows what you want for Christmas. Partly because you haven’t told them and mainly because really you just want money! So, guess what, you’ll probably be getting socks and a toiletry item from Boots. Welcome to adulthood.
In terms of the presents you buy for other people; that can also be tricky. When do you buy them? Where do you buy them? How do you get them home?
It’s quite a balancing act but there are a few ways you can make sure you’re not travelling back home carrying a Santa sack or rushing around the shops on Christmas Eve instead of going out with your friends or staying in with your family.
An obvious solution is to buy your gifts online and get them delivered home. For some, this is certainly a good option but there may be certain gifts that you can’t find online and others where you don’t want to risk it. And if you live overseas, or are going away for Christmas, the online shopping option is probably a non-starter.
Rather than missing out on family time by doing all of your shopping after you’ve arrived home, and instead of struggling to pack a sack-full of gifts to transport home, why not buy them now and ship them home with a courier?
We specialise in delivering small shipments to over 200 countries worldwide, as well as within the UK, and our simple booking process means that you’ll be able to make arrangements in no time. We’ll send you reinforced cardboard boxes and packing materials for no extra cost, and collect your belongings from your door so you don’t need to disrupt your busy schedule. We can even provide specialist packing services for anyone that is really short on time!
Driving Home for Christmas
Okay, if you’re driving home for Christmas, you’re probably okay – just make sure you avoid rush hour, crank up Chris Rea on the radio and drive safely! But if you’re travelling home by any other means, make sure you book your travel early! That means, if you haven’t already finalised your plans, do it now!
It can be tempting to leave it until the last minute. You might want to wait and see what dates other people are travelling home so you can try and match them. No one wants to miss out on any festivities, but the earlier you book your train tickets or your flights, the cheaper it should be.
If you’re travelling fairly close to Christmas, you’ll probably want to reserve yourself a seat. You’ll be really grateful for it when you see people sitting on their bags outside the toilets because it’s so overcrowded!
It’s Cold Outside
It’s easy to say ‘don’t pack too much’ but the fact is, if you’re staying in the UK, it’s cold! And if you live abroad, it’ll be cold when you get back. So whether you’re bringing your bulky winter clothes with you when you go away, or bringing them back with you when you return, packing lightly is easier said than done.
The main reason people might suggest you pack light is to make your journey home as stress-free as possible. If you’re struggling onto trains and planes with a few awkward, heavy cases, your journey will be quite stressful to say the least. Readjusting to the comforts of home and getting into the festive spirit is far easier and far more enjoyable if you’ve had a pleasant journey. So our advice would be to travel with no luggage at all!
Instead, why not send your luggage home ahead of you? We’ll take care of all your luggage, as well as your presents (see above), by collecting them from you at one end, and delivering it to your destination so they’ll be waiting for you when you get there!
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
There are, of course, a lot of other things that you’ll need to get sorted before you head home for the holidays. Make sure you get as much work completed as possible – don’t count on being able to do anything while you’re away. Make a list (and check it twice!) of all the things you need to pack, bring and send home. If you have Christmas decorations up in your student accommodation, take it down before you leave – it’s a little depressing having to do it in January!
Everything you do now will help you enjoy your Christmas break as much as possible so you’ll return to university in the New Year well rested, and well fed! So the sooner you get these plans in place, the sooner it will start to feel like the most wonderful time on the year again!