It’s that time of year again when the decorations go up a little too early, hyper children and frantic parents make shopping Impossible and shops open late so you can drain your bank account. ManOfLondon is of course talking about Christmas.
The once solely religious holiday is now celebrated by people worldwide as a time of giving and receiving gifts (Santa can I please have a new mini, I have been a respectable gentleman this year) and eating until one find it is difficult to move, or even remain conscious.
So how does the modern gentleman prepare for such an event while remaining as suave as Santa? Bearing two simple things in mind means you can have Christmas while retaining charisma.
Top Tip one? Prepare presents: Don’t be a stereotype. For Millennia (Okay, a slight exaggeration) man has been seen as a wild beast trailing department stores on Christmas eve to begin finding those perfect presents. If this is you, take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror. Feel the shame. Preparing in advance means you get the perfect gift for your loved ones, and at the same time you can save yourself some money in the many deals retailers offer to boost Christmas sales. Are you a lazy man? The internet means even those of you who struggle to comb their hair can still have that diamond ring delivered to your door.
Top Tip Two: Can’t cook? Don’t cook. The modern gentleman doesn’t like to be beaten. It’s true. It’s in our genes, an instinct in our brain we just cannot control. Christmas is the one day of year where you need to ignore your instincts. If you have the slightest inclination that you might overdo the turkey or cause eight accident and emergency admissions, it is a good idea to let someone else cook. For those gentleman who can give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money, sprinkle a little paprika over your roast potatoes before you cook them to give them a slightly Smokey taste.
If all else fails you can throw charisma out the window, blag your way through the presents and order in for dinner. I wonder what turkey with curry sauce and noodles tastes like?