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Top Five Christmas Sports

ByCharles Nurick

Nov 29, 2016

The festive season is fast approaching, and this means a glut of overeating, lazing around in your new onesie, and avoiding real world responsibilities. Exercise is generally the last thing on peoples’ minds, but for those looking to keep active this holiday season, here are our top five Christmas sports.

Tug of War Crackers
Christmas lunch is one of the most important parts of anyone’s day, and with it come the crackers. Of course, it is not the wholesome activity that some would have you believe. This is war. No one wants to be left with an empty end while the victor is showered with glory, paper hats, and weirdly small packs of cards. Crappy jokes are only funny if you get to groan at the punchline first.

In some ways, this is an actual sport, and so should be treated with respect. It can accommodate a wide range of skill levels and styles. For beginners, there is the basic sit and slide technique. Intermediate sledgers can try a headfirst or backwards approach for extra speed, or increased style points. Finally, for advanced riders, standing up adds a greater degree of danger.

Morning Race Downstairs
When it comes to the inevitable race to the tree, you have to tread a fine line between getting there creepily early, and too late that your family has got bored of waiting for you. Preparation is key. Set your alarm the night before, plan your route, and look out your slipper and dressing gown for maximum efficiency. As soon as you hear the faintest of movements from your family, it’s go time.

Love Actually Marathon
For those who value stamina over speed, this is the perfect test. Grab a glass of mulled wine and strap yourself in for a truly emotional rollercoaster. If you want more of a challenge, then a drinking game can be played, normally for whenever Hugh Grant is bumbling but adorable, or when Emma Thompson is so perfect you could cry. Be warned: you will drink a lot.

Mince Pie Eating
This is one for all ages and ability. The pies can either be consumed in one go, or attacked with multiple smaller bites. Practice makes perfect, so be sure to have a few practice runs beforehand. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have a few drinks along with it, you know, just to help wash them down.


Image courtesy of Rexness

By Charles Nurick

Fourth year History student. A lover of sports, gin, and long, hot baths A disliker of slow walkers, clingfilm, and umbrellas.

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