You may feel slightly disconnected from the Christmas mood while studying at university and staying in your university flat. If you are used to endless Christmas films being played on a loop in your house, freshly baked festive treats and being greeted by a Christmas tree in the morning, waking up to a blank university flat can seem a tad … underwhelming.
Some students may argue that there is no point in decorating or doing anything Christmas-related. Most universities have their Christmas break within the first 2 weeks of December, and so you are likely to spend most of your December back at home. However, it can be nice to properly celebrate the festive period with your new found flatmates. Read below for some budget-friendly and easily achievable Christmas activities to get into the Christmas spirit in your last weeks at university.
- Deck the Halls … with hand-made creations!
It can be an unnecessary expense to buy lots of Christmas decorations for a flat that will remain empty for the majority of December. If you are keen to decorate your flat in the best possible way, the first point of call should always be family. Parents are highly likely to have some old or unused Christmas decorations lying around. It is amazing what a bit of tinsel and a wreath will do to a student flat. If you are unable to lay your hands on any pre-loved decorations, it is time to dust off your creative skills. Head down to Poundland, buy some colourful card and markers and make an evening of it! Paper chains, snowflakes and fairy lights will magically transform the kitchen into a winter wonderland - even if it takes a fair bit of imagination.
Although the decorations might look quite basic, this is a great way to bond with your flatmates, discuss their Christmas plans and get to know each other a little better.
- Don’t forget the stuffing!
A Flat Christmas Meal is almost a requirement for every university student in halls. Be warned - this is probably not going to be the best Christmas dinner that you have ever had. There is a very high chance that something might be burned beyond recognition and the carrots might be as hard as bullets - but the thought is there! Plan the Christmas dinner in advance, ensure you find a time when everyone is free for the evening. Take a group trip to the supermarket to buy all of the ingredients, and split the costs evenly. Then the fun starts. Allocate dishes to each person, or have dedicated sous chefs to ensure the meal runs smoothly. The phrase “Too many cooks spoil the broth” is definitely going to be thrown around a handful of times, and there may be some stress over oven space.
However, once the table is decorated with some festive napkins, the crackers have been pulled, the Christmas hats are on and the gravy is poured, you will all be so glad you made the effort to celebrate together.
- Santa comes early
Who says Santa only arrives on Christmas day? Just because you are not going to spend Christmas day with your flat does not mean you have to miss out on exchanging gifts. Secret Santa is a great way to spread the festive cheer and get involved. Since you are all students, the best place to start is by setting a reasonable budget. Some flats may choose a £5 budget and just get a silly joke gift. Some may push it to £15 to try to get a half-decent present. It is advisable to all sit down and speak about setting a reasonable budget. Make sure everyone is comfortable with the budget and everyone is happy to stick to it too. Put all of the names in a hat (or whatever container you have to hand) and try to ensure that no one says who they have picked!
- ‘Tis the season - to watch Christmas films non-stop
If you and your flatmates don’t fancy going to the effort of cooking a whole Christmas dinner, there are lots of alternatives to celebrate at home. Some may prefer to cook their own dinner, or order a takeaway and watch a Christmas film or play some board games together. There is nothing better than a Christmas movie marathon with some Christmas cookies. Or playing a game of Articulate / Pictionary after everyone has eaten their body weight in roast potatoes. Whatever type of entertainment you choose to have on the day, you and your flatmates will have a nice time spending it together.