Alternative Christmas ideas – TNT Magazine

Let’s face it: Christmas isn’t all it’s meant to be. The Hallmark ideal imposed on us – log fires, bells and happily shopping for gifts – looks like a clever marketing department that capitalizes on the millennial fable of a man who just wanted everyone to be good. .

Add a fat gentleman who crawls around your house while you sleep, gives gifts to the kids, then invites them to come back next year to sit on his lap and the alarm bells will ring.

Now is a great time to remember that Christmas Day doesn’t have to be the traditional cocktail of disappointing gifts, too much food, and overly campy variety TV shows – read on for some of our alternative ideas. for the day.

Alternative Channel 4 Christmas Message

Guaranteed to be interesting – and maybe even broaden your world view. Previous guests included writer and storyteller Quentin Crisp (Queen’s Message, geddit?), Aging sex bomb Bridgette Bardot,
Jamie Oliver, the lisping kitchen guru, and Marge Simpson, moralizing cartoon mom.

The most controversial was homophobic denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, also Iranian president. His 2008 message blamed the problems in British society on the rejection of the message of God’s prophets, including JC himself.

This year’s guest has yet to be confirmed, but he’s sure to be more entertaining than Old Liz. Enter it.


Organize an anti-Christmas party

Piss off all your friends, but make it clear that Christmas is over. No green, no red, no eggnog, no turkey. No Jingle Bells, no good King Wenceslas, and certainly no Christmas specials on TV.

It will be chilly, so why not turn up the heat and host a Caribbean cocktail party with bikinis and swim shorts.

No one brings a gift but everyone leaves with good memories. Are you feeling a little cranky after all of this? Okay, we’ll let you watch Bad Santa when everyone’s home.

Where: your house
Dress code: optional, but fun
Limits: your imagination

Laughing idiots

End up and head to Hyde Park for the Peter Pan Cup and take a look at these brave souls (read ‘idiots’) who think they are proving something by jumping the Serpentine in subzero conditions.

You might be crazy enough to want to try it yourself, but beware: you must be a member of the Serpentine Swim Club and have already participated in three winter events.

Still, plenty of time to sign up for next year… provided you never tire of the “shrink” or “full beam” jokes.

»9 am on Christmas day.

Serpentine Swimming Club.

Think of someone else

Think you’re struggling with your tiny bedroom, crappy roommates, and useless landlord? Some people would like to be where you are. These poor souls can be found at Crisis, the national refuge for homeless singles.

Crises always need volunteers, especially at Christmas, so call them up and make someone else’s day.

Roles include serving food, arranging bedding, and logistics. More specialized roles call for advice from practitioners, hairdressers, alternative therapists, caterers and dog handlers.


Train a Santa Claus flashmob

Santacon is an underground movement sweeping the world. The groups dress up in Santa Claus costumes and form flashmobs spreading good humor in the streets of the city.

You can either join the official Santacon team or organize it yourself. But think about how Santa Claus would act: Santa wouldn’t be too pissed off, Santa is inclusive, and Santa loves everyone. No one wants to spend Christmas sobering up in a police cell while wearing a dirty Santa costume.


Go for a bike ride

Cycling England runs a bike training program on Christmas Day when the roads are less traveled. It’s free and caters to a variety of levels. Optional Christmas hat covered helmets.


Discover a new religion

Many religions don’t celebrate Christmas, so before the big day, look for a few. Try Seventh-day Adventists, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims. Make new friends and see how others see the world. Remember, however, that respect and acceptance are essential here.

Take a walking tour

The streets will be quiet, so take the 1660 Samuel Peppy’s Walking Tour or the Charles Dickens London Walk. The two-hour walks cost around £ 6 and often end with Christmas dinner and a few festive pints.


– Jahn Vannisselroy

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