5 Ways To Survive An Internet-Free Christmas

15 December 2017, 17:21

Xmas without internet
Xmas without internet. Picture: Other

By Josh Lee

Do your parents moan when you're online on Christmas Day? We've got you covered.

It's the most wonderful time of the year... until your mum snatches away your laptop and you're given disapproving stares from uncles and aunts every time you glance down at your phone.

Yes, Christmas is a magical time filled with family fun and good-old-fashioned warm fuzzies, but for those of us who spend most of their waking lives online, the sudden taboo status given to online activity on Christmas Day can make 24 hours feel very, very, very long.

Luckily, there are a few hacks and strategies you can use to make sure you have an exciting without having to reach for your phone or tablet while everyone's fighting for the last stuffing ball. Here's X ways to survive an internet-free Christmas.

1. Work on that hobby you've been putting off all 2017

Remember back in December 2016 when you decided your New Year's resolution was going to be to start vlogging? Well, you probably gave up after a couple of weeks (if you even started at all). But hey, there's still time! So why not use your offline time this Christmas to actually work on a vlog. You could even vlog the day itself.

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2. Ask your parents intrusive questions

If your parents like a drink or five at Christmas, you'll find that by around 3pm they'll be a lot more flappy at the jaw then usual. Here's where you can make things very entertaining for yourself. Once they're a bit Christmas crackered you can ask them the sorts of questions that they'd probably never answer truthfully in any other circumstances. Here are a few questions to get you started:

- What was the worst thing you got in trouble for as a child?

- Was there ever an outfit you were banned from wearing but wore anyway when you were young?

- What's the craziest thing you did for a boyfriend or girlfriend when you were a teenager?

- Did you really like school?

- Can I have some wine?

The answers to all of these can also be used next time they won't let you do something fun, so make sure you bank all their answers.

3. Go online, offline.

Whoever said you need to be online to enjoy that sweet, internet goodness is a liar. With Only True YouTube Fans Will Complete This Quiz Book, you can kill all that downtime between opening presents and tucking into Turkey by playing awesome YouTuber quizzes - just like the ones you'd find on our website.

4. Play hide and seek in your temporarily desolate town centre

The enforced 24 hours of calm that Christmas brings can feel a little stifling when you're used to the hustle and bustle of normal life. But if you have to endure everything being quiet for the day, you may as well embrace it. Call up some mates after Christmas lunch (while your parents are napping) and treat your town like a giant playground - it's amazing how much the space transforms when it's empty.

5. Eat!

When all else fails, a steady supply of crisps and Christmas tree chocolates should stave off the festive boredom for a few hours.