If you do it right, travelling home for Christmas doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right mind set, you can enjoy all the fun and festivities of the season whether you’re on a packed train, stuck in traffic or even 10,000 feet in the air.
To help, we've put together a guide on how you can get into the Christmas spirit no matter how you are travelling or the transport chaos you may encounter.
Christmas jumpers are a must, but why does it have to stop there? Musical ties, Elton John glasses, a Santa beard – the world is your oyster. We don’t think you can say you’re in the Christmas spirit unless you’ve gone full in. All the way.
Make sure you do this pretty close to Christmas though…board the train with a pair of reindeer antlers after the big day and you may have a few empty seats around you.
This one’s more for your car, because it’s actually the law (we're not lawyers) that Christmas songs have to be Karakoke. And not just any Karaoke. Full blown, belt it out with bells and whistles, Karaoke.
Song choice is important here. Of course there’s the obvious one. You can’t sit in a car at Christmas without Chris Rea joining you.
But for the rest, our best advice is to keep it upbeat and high tempo. There are some incredible Christmas songs with a slower melody, but save them for your cosy nights in. Staying festive whilst on your travels is all about keeping the spirits up.
We’re talking Step into Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday…as long as it’s got parts where you can bob your head and sing along, you’re sorted.
Anything with turkey, cranberry or stuffing. It doesn’t even have to be nice. It just has to have one of those things. Get on the train, sit back and watch the festive joy on people’s faces as they watch you devour your tuna sandwich smothered in cranberry sauce. That’s the true meaning of Christmas.
No, in all seriousness, the point of Christmas food is the sharing. It doesn’t matter what you’ve got, it’s who you’re having it with. So why not take a box of chocolates on to the train, plane, ferry etc and offer them around. It’s the season for good will and giving, after all.
If you’re on a long journey, it might be tempting to whip the iPad out, plug the headphones in and switch on a Christmas favourite like the Muppet Christmas Carol or the Santa Clause.
But, for at least one Christmas journey, don’t.
Instead of listening to an actor in a film, listen to the person next to you. Ask them what they’re planning over Christmas. Laugh and joke about Christmases gone by. We’re not suggesting you become best friends, but there’s only one time of year where people expect you to start random conversations on public transport. So make the most of it.
But, if you really don’t like talking to people and you’re determined to get lost in a good film, we suggest Home Alone. You’ll identify with Kevin’s mum (the travelling home stuff, not the child cruelty, forgetting your 10 year old son part).
And most importantly, the festive spirit
Wherever you go and whatever you do, be there with a smile and goodwill. A lot of people don’t like travelling over Christmas, but for us, it’s one of the best parts. Because, unless you’re in a car by yourself, travelling means company.
And an opportunity to forgive, forget and make friends with the world.
Be festive by being friendly and fun.
P.S if you are sat in the car by yourself, make friends with Mariah, Bing, David, Elton and the guys.