Something I’ve learnt during my time as a student is that going to University has the effect of greatly improving your chances of having multiple Christmas feasts before the big day. Not only are student house Christmas meals pretty common but a number of the societies will also be hosting a Christmas meal for their members. Before you know it you’ve had multiple Christmas dinners before you’ve even reached the half way mark on your advent calendar.
Last year, in addition to managing to have a Christmas dinner at the same pub twice in one week with different societies, I was fortunate enough to have a flatmate who was able to source and cook the most amazing turkey I have ever tasted. Couple that with secret Santa, a few festive drinks and a game of charades and you’re on to a winning formula for a great fake Christmas.
Even though we no longer live together, my flatmates and I refused to let geography get in the way of our Christmas meal this year and converged on the Old Horse pub opposite Victoria Park for this years celebration. It was lovely to catch up with everyone and the mulled cider was amazing!
The moral of the story is that in my experience there’s no shortage of Christmas cheer going around at University in the run up to the end of term. The trick is not to get sick of turkey before the 25th.