Extreme UK-transport-cannot-handle-this cold is on the horizon. Buy fingerless gloves – they look like Fagan, but boy do they do the job.
Sellotape, you cruel mistress you. It's going to attach to your nail polish and peel it off. Get a gel manicure that can endure it. That stuff is strong.
Including in your own wardrobe. Get creative, knit your own, make it a unique piece, personalise, customise! Yeah… see you in the Primark queue.
That one day in December that you stop slurping on prosecco or deskside beers is the day the dreaded hangover will hit. Stock up on Berocca in advance. Those festive sandwiches really help too.
'I won't be beaten', you tell yourself on round two of Christmas dinner. Locate a spot in the corner of the sofa and hibernate. There is only one recovery for the food coma: passing time.
It's Christmas, wear 'em all, YOLO. Make outfit changes a thing. Swap from onesie, to silkie, to printed and matching. Keep your guests guessing. That's one damn cosy Christmas.
God they’re bad. They’re just so bad. Who’s writing them? How are they still employed? Yet you know they’ll be read aloud with such vim. Your grandad will laugh at least – take it. Bless him.
It's so hard to convince the world that Home Alone 2 really is the best one. Keep everyone sweet – start watching today and you'll just about squeeze them all in.
You’re so full. You’re so full. You’re bursting from fullness. You’re staring at those vol-au-vents and there’s just.no.room. ‘Baileys anyone?’. ‘Ooh, lovely, yes please’.
Make a really great plan, and have a really great time. Or just go to bed at 10. The new year will arrive whether or not you slur Auld Lang Syne with your best mate’s boyfriend.
The intention to eat it day-by-day is there, but so is your intense craving for a bitesize slither of cheap festive-shaped chocolate. It'll be gone by the first week of December. That's really okay.
Most apparent at Greggs. Your mouth moves to ask for a sausage roll, but ‘festive bake’ just tumbles out. Make the most of it while it's there. Rate them with your work pals. Call it bonding.
Minging isn’t it. But that flame. We couldn’t possibly get rid of that. The crowd pleaser. The nan-satisfier. Tastes awful, but do it. Do it for nan.
19 situations you’ll face this festive season (and how to deal with them)
Ah, the festive season. The lights are up, the present lists are written, and Michael Bublé is back on the scene (yes). Stress is guaranteed – ‘tis the season of fluster really. But, it’s good to prepare for it now, so we can embrace as much of the ‘joy’ as possible. Here’s a summary of the inevitable stresses you’ll endure over the next few months, with a little guidance on how to deal with them. An early Christmas present for you.
By Rachel Spedding
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Christmas is coming and the goose is getting…drunk, tired, frazzled and stressed. Ok, the goose isn’t so much, but you definitely are. Work do’s, Christmas catch-ups, mince pies and a glass of fizz at every corner, is it just us or are Christmas parties doubling in numbers every year? Of course we love it but four hours sleep a night and a staple diet of Quality Street and prosecco can take its toll. Before you panic and start saying no to your invites (apart from that one from your creepy neighbour who you’re not sure has left his flat in…Read more
At the tender age of twenty-something, spotting a cheeky silver hair (or three) creeping into your locks can be a real annoyance. No need to worry about it – or pluck ‘em out – there are a number of reasons for their unexpected arrival. Here’s what to do when you start spotting rogue grey hairs – aside from moaning. By Rachel SpeddingRead more