5 ways to get a bit more football in your Christmas

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It’s the most glorious time of the year. Hang up your football socks this Christmas and hope for a new pair of shinpads.

Plant a star atop your championship winning club’s logo and get ready for the festive season. There’s only one thing that could make the holiday period even better. Football. Here are a few ways to have a very Messi Christmas.

Get your family the perfect gift

Your extended family is up early to open the neatly wrapped presents sitting under their trees. When they come to open yours they’ll be pleasantly surprised. You’ve asked Nanna to knit all eleven of them your team’s kit, complete with numbering and a captain’s armband for mum. And yes, they have to wear it during Christmas dinner.

Pre-dinner five-a-side festivities

Friends and family have rocked up for Christmas dinner but it’s still a couple of hours until the food is ready. No worries, a game of five-a-side is the perfect way to pass the time. Just make sure whoever has had the most beers is in goal and Grandad has his shin pads on. Don’t be tempted to two foot Uncle Ed because he didn’t wear your present. Even if he is an ingrate. ‘Tis the season after all.

Christmas cheer

Everyone is seated around a makeshift table as the food is piled high. Before you tuck in, make sure you keep up the Christmas cheer with a few appropriate chants. Just borrow the ones you use at the football. A couple of “who are ya’s” thrown at your sister’s annoying boyfriend are always a hit with the rest of the family.

Set the mood

Set off a green and red flare. You’ve got a reputation to uphold and no pyro no party. #Christmassuburbanterrorist

The right Christmas movie

Forget Die Hard. Don’t watch Elf. Miracle on 34th Street will put you to sleep. Finish off a perfect day with the perfect Christmas movie. Try There’s Only One Jimmy GrimbleGoal! (the first one), Tom Meets Zizou or Purely Belter. Curl up in front of the television and call it full time on another spectacular Christmas Day.

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Lochy McIvor
Brisbane Roar and Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Jesus would have played in the hole. Follow me at @lochymci

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