On the 8th of November, I heard the first Christmas song in our flat. Halloween decorations were removed from doors and replaced by Christmas decorations instead. For one, people like Christmas a lot, but on the other hand, since the vacation period started quite early we could not afford to wait too long to celebrate it. James organised our very own Flat secret Santa, themes for socials became Christmas themed (Christmas jumpers) and soon came the Christmas decorations in town.
In the last week before the breakup, my football team (AUWFC) had its Christmas dinner combined with Secret Santa. The dress code, of course, was fancy and so in other words, dresses were compulsory. The meal was a proper 3-course menu with, in my case, soup, turkey and chocolate tart.
It’s AUWFC tradition to enjoy a casual bottle of wine each throughout dinner, hence the bottle of wine. After dinner, we played a few games. Bite-the-donut, pin the tail on the reindeer and we had a decorate-the-gingerbread competition. Teams: freshers against the rest- (although I have no idea why or whether one team actually won, but perhaps I did not stay long enough to find that out-) because, as you may or may not know, I’m not really an experienced drinker and I am now very much aware that it is never a good idea to drink a bottle of wine quickly. (In my defence, I was simply trying to get rid of it.) I will not go into details, but my bed was surely comfortable the entire Thursday after!
Thursday evening we had Secret Santa with our flat. We held it on a Thursday because most of us went home on Friday morning.
Although the name says ‘secret’ Santa, it is generally known that secrets are hard to keep. Nonetheless, the presents were very much appreciated. To make it a little bit more special than any ordinary night, we ordered Chinese and some of us ended the night by watching Mama Mia.
All in all, all this festivity was a great introduction to the vacation! I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!