We’re almost halfway through November, which means many things, of course – it’s bitterly cold, it’s dark when you leave the flat in the morning (and when you get in at night) and you can see your breath in the shower. Two things are particularly important, especially if you intend to keep a social calendar and continue to feel admiration from your friends well into 2017…
Firstly, it’s that Christmas is but weeks away and you’re already late with your Christmas shopping. That is simply fact. Whether it’s a £10 Secret Santa, a box of homemade mince pies or a beautifully knitted JW scarf made in Scotland – whatever your budget and for whomever you’re buying, the time is now! Second is protecting your reputation as social master of ceremonies – that is, throwing the best Friendsmas you’ve ever had. We’ve claimed the 17 December as our official Friendsmas Day and suggest you do the same. Below is our guide to winning at Friendsmas (and by extension life); take note, and take the glory!
1. Friends Your guest list is everything when it comes to a dinner party, and Friendsmas is no exception. Invite too many people and you’ll be herding cats; too few and the vibe will be bleaker then Arctic tundra. Invite the core crew (the second tier can see you at the pub after) and invite them now; if they’re worth having, they’re probably already booked up.
3. Food Although Christmas is a time of reckless overindulgence and waist-ruining mega-feasts, no one likes a failure. It’s tough love, but fair. Stick to what you know. If all you know is beans on toast – get out from under the culinary rock you’ve been hiding under and start practicing.
4. Fizz Essential to every successful dinner are its liquid accompaniments. Drinks on arrivals, drinks with the starter, drinks during the main, drinks for dessert, drinks while you wait, drinks between drinks. Drinks, drinks, drinks!
Merry Friendsmas! #JackHacks