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The Perks of being Home for Christmas

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Nottingham chapter.

You can easily start to forget the comforts of home life after a few weeks at university. You like to pretend your bed is equally as comfortable as the memory foam mattress you’ve got back home, the ready meal is just as tasty as your Mum’s lasagna, and you don’t really need all those extra TV channels anyway.

However, after just a few days back in your hometown and your old room, you wonder how you ever survived! Here are just some of the perks of being home for the holidays:

1. Heating

The bills are no longer coming out of your pocket, meaning every radiator is on full blast and festive candles are a-glow in each cosy room you enter.

2. Good food

At Christmas time, the food is particularly important. Your mum anxiously feeds you another mince pie, worried you just don’t get enough to eat at uni and you strut down the supermarket aisles picking out every appealing option you fancy, steering clear of the value deals with a smug expression. Home is where the food is.

3. Watching tv

You can spend hours on the living room sofa, scrolling through the endless list of channels and watching trashy TV to your heart’s content. After all, you’re only back for a month, so obviously you get priority over what to watch!

4. Everybody loves you

You’ve been away for three months, so naturally you’re the most popular person at every family party. You’re happy to share select stories from university and stress just how hard the work really is, with an emphasis on how little money you have as your aunty slips you a tenner.

5. Having a car again

You abandon the bus service once more and rejoice as you decide to go to town and get right in the car, with no need to fumble for change or wait out in the cold. You spare a thought for those unfortunate ones still stuck on public transport as you roll on by.

6. Shopping with your mum

After being away from home for so long, she’s happy to spend that little bit extra on you as you hit the shops for a girly day out. A new wardrobe just in time for the New Year? Oh yeah!

7. Wearing no makeup

It’s once again acceptable to spend the entire day barefaced and wearing pyjamas. Your family love you whatever you look like, so give yourself a break after all those Christmas parties!

8. Playing music

You no longer have roommates to your left and right to worry about, so you can blast that Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift track for hours on end without any judgment or risk of complaints. Awkward, energetic dancing is also compulsory.

9. Nights in

In addition to dancing the night away in the comfort of your animal onesie, it’s perfectly acceptable to spend your evenings watching Christmas films and demolishing a box of Quality Street. Enjoy your well-deserved break from Crisis and put your feet up.10. No more washing

There’s nothing like the smell of the washing after your Mum does it, bringing it up to your room freshly ironed and in neatly stacked piles. Better yet, it may even find it’s way into your wardrobe!

11. Family

Sure, there are plenty of perks to being home again, but there’s nothing like getting to spend time with your family over the holidays. They’re the only people in the world who love you unconditionally, so make sure you show them you feel the same. Admit it: you missed them!

Edited by Naomi Upton

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Emily Talbut


I'm a third year English student at University of Nottingham and when I'm not working or writing, I'm probably watching a Disney movie or listening to one of their soundtracks! I'm a Campus Correspondent for HC Nottingham and generally write about food, travel, and the food I've experienced on my travels! 
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Naomi Upton


Naomi is a third year English student at Nottingham University and Co-Editor in Chief of HC Nottingham. Naomi would love a career in journalism or marketing but for now she spends her time beauty blogging, attempting to master the delicate art of Pinterest, being an all-black-outfit aficionado, wasting time on Buzzfeed, going places, taking pictures and staying groovy.