The Very Busy Perfect Christmas Person

You are busy most of the year, being a superstar perfect person, but this is a time of year you can really get your teeth stuck into and show what you’re made of.

You start planning the itinerary of magical Christmassy events in September, and by the time the shops get their Christmas decorations up in the middle of November, you are champing at the bit for the whole thing to get going.

Every year you swear will be the most twinkly perfect Christmas ever. You’re thinking along the lines of Love Actually or It’s a Wonderful Life. You must watch both but you’re just so busy, so much to do.

If you’re a parent, nativity costumes don’t ruffle your feathers whatsoever. You’re ready for it. Why not volunteer to make the entire cast’s costumes?

School Christmas fairs? Child’s play. You’ve made five batches of mince pies before the e-mail request for donations has even left the PTA’s outbox.

You’re a whirlwind of bustling activity and like to tell everyone just how busy you are, making everything so damn perfect and Christmassy. You begin to wonder why people seem to be crossing the street when they see you. Maybe it’s the Claire’s Accessories’ elf ears that are scaring people off?

But by the 15th December, you’re just too tired to care. Baileys starts to seem a good idea for breakfast.

The Party Kid

You love any excuse for a party and Christmas is the mother of all excuses.

You start in late November and accept every and any invitation going at any given time. Breakfast parties, brunches, long boozy work lunches, afternoon tea parties and every single evening drinks/cocktail/dinner party going.

You are generally the last one standing, or sitting, or perhaps even lying face planted on the floor, usually with a Santa hat perched on your head. In fact, you’re out pretty much every night, bar the odd Sunday evening when you take your sorry exhausted arse off to bed early to recharge your party batteries in prep for the week ahead.

If you are married, this does not always go down well with your partner who will barely see you for 30 days straight, and when he or she does, they don’t seem to appreciate the steady waft of booze that follows you around.

If you have children, you may be lucky if you are indeed spending Christmas with them at all.

The Bah Humbug

You hate this time of year for all its forced joviality and organised fun. You will make every effort not to go out to celebrate in any size, shape or form, because it’s all just a ‘load of marketing bullsh*t.’ That is your favourite catchphrase and one you like to spit out if anyone dares ask you what you’re up to for Christmas.

You moan that you can’t watch anything normal on TV because it’s all Christmas bullsh*t, the shops are all heaving with eejits buying tacky overpriced bull sh*t, the pubs are full of loud, drunk fools talking bullsh*t and basically you can’t wait till all this bullsh*t is over come the 1st January.

And if anyone dare approach you at work wearing a ridiculous Christmas jumper you will tell them what a plum they look and remind them it’s all a load of bullsh*t.

People at work tend to stay away from you anyway, especially at fun times of the year, so the risk of this happening is low.

The Genuinely Good Person

Christmas is a time for giving. And that’s what you are all about.

You find the consumer frenzy of this time of year rather hard to stomach, and would far rather see your money being spent on food parcels for the homeless.

You spend every spare moment in December working with various charities and will spend your Christmas Day ladling out soup at the local Crisis centre. However, you’re not adverse to a bit of Christmas cheer, quite the opposite, as long as it’s cheered towards those who really need it.

In fact, we could all do with being a bit more of this person.

Whichever Christmas person you are – or perhaps you are indeed a little bit of all of the above – let’s make sure we don’t get completely caught up in the selfish decadence of it all and do something to make this time of year a little easier for those less fortunate than us.

There are many charities such as Shelter, Crisis, The Salvation Army to name but a few, that could do with our help this Christmas to help them support the thousands of families who are struggling just to get through each day.

Another very simple way to help is to do a reverse advent calendar. Find a cardboard box, then each day add a food or toiletry item that will help a family survive the festive season. This box can then be donated to your local food bank or charity and it will really make a difference to a local family.

If you get your box to your local charity a week before Christmas, then they will have time to distribute it to a family in need. You can find your local food bank via The Trussell Trust here.

So whatever kind of Christmas person you are, we can all make a difference, no matter how big or small. And it can all be done while glugging mulled wine from a sippy cup for all you party kids out there – not that I’ve ever done that of course.