Whether it’s Gallagher or Coward that pulls your cracker, The High Flying Birds and The Italian Job provide a welcome distraction to Charades and card games.

In between shifts at the dining table, there’s a TV couch that just calls out to be slouched on. The British TV schedule is full of Christmas specials, a nice mixture of old classics (Mr Bean, Morecambe & Wise) and newcomers (Outnumbered, Miranda). It sounds like a cliché but Christmas television is like a box of chocolate; there’s something for everyone.

If you live in or around London and want to get out of the house for a Christmas-themed event, go and check out 50s rock n roller Tommy Steele as Scrooge at the London Palladium. Maybe not the coolest ticket in town, but ticks all the festive boxes as after all, Scrooge is an adaptation of a classic Charles Dickens novel. That’s ‘culture’ ticked off on your Christmas to-do list, next stop Hyde Park. Once again the iconic park will turn into a Winter Wonderland , giving you the opportunity to bring out the child within you: whether you’re ice skating, visiting one of two circuses or just going for a stroll in the park, you’ll be sure to enjoy the lights (over 100,000 have been installed) illuminating Hyde Park. Lastly, if you have a beef with Santa you can always go and see him yourself. Although, he brought his elves so there’s a layer of protection around him. As always he’s installed his grotto office at Harrods and will see you in the run up to Christmas if you have an urgent matter to discuss. Don’t forget to book an appointment though.