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12 things to do when you've fallen out with your family

The best thing about Christmas time is getting to spend time with family. That is, until, it's several tense games of Monopoly later.

Sophie Thompson
16th December 2021

The best thing about Christmas time is getting to spend time with family. That is, until, it's several tense games of Monopoly later and someone's flipped the board. We're cringing too.

To help you prepare for the inevitable, we've come up with some equally-as-fun activities to escape the arguments and keep you entertained during that brief two-hour period where no one's speaking.

1. Play Monopoly alone

No one to take the Dog playing piece, and no one to flip the table when they lose (usually us). The dream.

2. Rock out to our alternative Christmas anthems

We've done the hard work and put together a playlist of the best tunes to help you avoid Michael Buble.

Some of our favorites include:

I Won't Be Home for Christmas - Blink 182 Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy Yule Shoot Your Eye Out - Fall Out Boy

Check out our alternative Christmas anthems here.

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3. Learn something new

If you haven't taken our ContentCal Skills Diploma yet, it's not only a great way to brush up on your knowledge before 2022, but we'll also send you a bunch of free swag and a certificate for completing it.

We'll show you how to use every single ContentCal feature to achieve your marketing goals and boost the presence of your business online.

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4. Raid the Christmas food cupboard

Terry's Chocolate Oranges aplenty, luxury crisps, and Twiglets - all for you? You deserve it. We'd recommend planting something that belongs to one of your siblings at the scene of the crime.

5. ...And then see how many cookies you can stuff into your mouth at once

Make the most of things before you get caught, because there's no scolding like an eating-the-Christmas-food scolding - even when you're 35 years old.

6. Watch every Marvel movie and rank them

That should see you through until at least January. Christmas? Check. Most depressing month of the year? Covered.

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7. Throw things at carol singers

If you're patiently waiting for the caterwauling outside to stop all on its own, then we applaud you. If not, we don't discourage throwing things (un-harmful things) until they get the message. In fact, we've discovered some great objects to use for ourselves:

Christmas Cards: Folding your Christmas cards into paper airplanes will ensure they can travel a longer distance with ease. We recommend aiming for the lead soprano.

Socks: Because let's face it, you've probably got some new ones coming your way soon anyway.

Inflatable pool floats: Admittedly, not the most accessible item on the list but can you picture the look on their faces? Absolutely priceless.

Check out the full list here.

8. Swap the tags on everyone's gifts

...And make sure to gift yourself the thing you really, really wanted - because no one can say no if the tag has your name...

9. Find a new favorite podcast

There are so many great marketing-focused podcasts out there to entertain and inspire you, - we've rounded up our favorites with help from a few friends of ContentCal, who you may recognize.

Some of the best include:

  • Marketing Over Coffee
  • Everyone Hates marketers
  • A Coffee with The CMA

Check out the full list of podcasts you should be tuning in to here.

10. Do the cinnamon challenge

This year can't possibly get any crazier, and with nostalgic trends making a comeback...it just makes sense. Plus, cinnamon is super festive.

11. Stick googley eyes on EVERYTHING

No reason. Just because.

12. Get a head-start on your 2022 planning

As an alternative Christmas treat from us to you, sign up for a free 14-day trial of ContentCal (no credit card required!) and explore the platform using our resources, including marketing plan templates, key dates calendars, and social media post ideas. January has never felt so calm. We never thought we'd get to say that either.

Oh, this is also a good time to remind you to make amends while you're here. It is Christmas after all...

Tell us how you're spending your alternative Christmas on Twitter or LinkedIn using #AlternativeChristmas and we’ll send some non-festive treats to our favorites!

Like this content? Don't forget to subscribe to our alternative Christmas mailing list where we're bringing you 12 days of Mariah Carey-free entertainment for those of us who are totally over the festivities already.


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