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:
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!
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