Head­ing home this Xmas? It’s time to pre­pare your­self for the good, the bad and the ugly…

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1 Post-pros­ecco Pack­ing you knew christ­mas was com­ing, you’ve known for 12 months. But of course you’re hur­riedly pack­ing for your trip home in a post-work Pros­ecco haze, curs­ing as you have 30 min­utes be­fore you catch the train. 2 The Stand Off in your head, you imag­ine lis­ten­ing to driv­ing home For christ­mas on re­peat, gaz­ing out of a train win­dow as snowflakes fall. Bliss. in re­al­ity, you’ll be stand­ing in a crammed aisle while try­ing to bal­ance the world’s most oddly shaped presents. 3 The Feed­ers your waist­line will ex­pand. your fam­ily spends the whole time over­feed­ing you and will then com­ment on how ‘well’ you look. 4 The Bor­rower you re­alise you’ve packed noth­ing ap­pro­pri­ate (see no 1) but you will find some­thing amaz­ing in your mum’s wardrobe – she’ll never get that back. 5 The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas a trip to the lo­cal pub with the girls will sound ideal – but it wouldn’t be christ­mas if you didn’t bump into your high school boyfriend. it’s never not awk­ward. 6 The Fam­ily-a-thon you’ll have to re­peat the finer de­tails of your ca­reer and love life at least 20 times to mul­ti­ple fam­ily mem­bers, so start prac­tis­ing your fake life now. high-fly­ing job? yes. Money saved for a de­posit? ’course. long-term boyfriend? sure thing. 7 The Fi­nal Des­ti­na­tion you’ll love be­ing at home for the first few days – your old bed, the heat­ing you’re not pay­ing for. But by day three, you’ll be crav­ing uber, 5am take­aways and be­ing able to swipe through tin­der with­out feel­ing like you’re view­ing the guestlist of a school re­union.

This should be an Olympic sport

‘I packed no clothes but at least I have great hair’

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