Common Christmas Calamities


Christmas. It’s a time to kick back, relax, and take the well-earned annual break with family and friends. Whether you’re celebrating the real meaning of Christmas – or just enjoying the consumer-fest that the end of December has become – you’re almost certain to encounter one or two complications.

From family arguments about nothing to poorly cooked Christmas lunch… for most of us, Christmas is never completely plain sailing. With the help of a few classic Christmas Youtube clips, we take light-hearted look at some of the commonest Christmas calamities.

1 – Christmas Lunch

Late, undercooked, overcooked or just inedible – the range of things that can go wrong with the traditional turkey dinner are far and wide. It’s easy to underestimate the size of the oven you’ll need for a decent turkey, then there’s forgetting to turn the oven on, or forgetting you’ve turned it on altogether And over cooking everything… here’s a brilliant clip from the classic Men Behaving Badly Christmas Special to demonstrate…

2 – Christmas TV

I want to watch ‘stenders,  but, I want to watch Downton – TV companies pull out all the stops at Christmas. One-off Christmas specials, extended serial episodes, repeats of classics from Christmas’ past. And of course obligatory airings of at least one version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

If the latest showbiz news is to be believed, there will be plenty of titanic clashes on the televisual airwaves on 25th December. ‘Stenders will go head to head with Downton, whilst Doctor Who will be up against Call the Midwife. It’s shaping up to be a bumper year on the small screen. But of course, that means there will inevitably be debate about what to watch…

Back in the day you had to set the VCR and record the other channel then rewind and hold down fast-forward to spool through the adverts. Until you discovered someone had already rewound and since recorded the Morecambe and Wise Christmas repeat over that televisual treat you thought you had in store.

Thank goodness for tablets (the most popular christmas gift in 2013), the internet, Freetime from Freesat, Sky+ and all the other on demand services available today. Now Granny can keep up with the Moons’ whilst you get your fix of the Crawleys, although the kids can get Essexmas out of the way on 16th December.

3 – Family

You can choose your friends, but not your family, or so the saying goes. Christmas is first and foremost a time for family, and for the most part it’s a nice thing to all come together. But be it parents, grandparents, siblings or the even the infamous ‘mother-in-law’ there will inevitably be the odd disagreement along the way.

4 – Santa

There comes a point in everyone’s life when – for a short time at least – we’re a tad sceptical about the Big Bearded dude his reindeer and sleigh. Usually it’s between 7 & 9 years old… It’s a difficult question for Mum and Dad to answer, because it’s unlikely that they’ve ever actually ever seen him too. It’s a question more astutely addressed by ensuring a screening of that most heart warming of crimbo movies:  Miracle on 34th Street…

Of course, once we grow up a bit more we realise all that scepticism is just nonsense. For a start there’s the NORAD Santa tracker… so now you can even track the annual ho ho ho world tour on your smartphone.

5 – Over indulgence

Food and Booze. Two things we’re almost guaranteed to overdo on Christmas Day. We spend all morning snacking on nuts, chocolates, quality street, fruit jellies and those “EatMe” dates that only ever seem to come out at Christmas.

Then it’s time for lunch and, despite the fact that we’re not really hungry we tuck in. Michael McIntyre had it spot on at the 2010 Royal Variety Performance…

6 – The wrong one… I didn’t get it… What’s it for…

The Christmas list says Smartphone, Robot Dog and a Games console. But does it mean Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy? Teksta or Zoomer?  X-Box One vs PS4? Whichever you choose you’ll have that nagging doubt that you should have got the other one, but you won’t know until the big day. Of course, you could play it safe and just get toiletries.

Even worse, once all the presents are opened there’s always the risk that someone will pipe up, “is that all the presents?’ and then you’ll discover that not everyone has got what they asked for.

Then there’s the ‘guessed at’ present, for those awkward people who don’t provide a Christmas list. And this German comedy clip just about sums up how that can go with what’s predicted to be one of 2015’s most popular presents…

And finally…

Come boxing day you might find it a challenge to make room for all the new gifts that have added to the household ‘stuff’. If you need to make more room it’s one thing that doesn’t need to be a Christmas calamity. A London storage unit with us is a simple and cost effective solution to make more space.


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