It was while descending the Escalator to Christmas Retail Hell™ that it happened. Amidst the crush of harried shoppers desperately trying to snap up the last 50% off soap n' bath bubble baskets available in two delicious scents (car deoderiser or mozzie repellant) I threw down my bags and addressed the crowd.
As tinny panflute carols piped sadly over the PA system I implored the shopers to cut up their credit cards and come with me. And after tying the centre manager to the top of the oversized Christmas tree (every story needs a baddy) we all marched to the nearest internet cafe and relaxed with some REAL yuletide spirit on YouPlay...
OK I might have made that up [Really? No! - The Boss] but the sentiment's true isn't it? This time of year is truly crazy, and what should be a celebration of family, friends, peace and goodwill turns into a rampage of over-consumerism, ill-tempers, stress, road rage and lonliness.
So when it all gets too much, come and take a load off at YouPlay! Our two competitions have now finished (congratulations to all the winners) but you can still take part in all three events which will stay open until Boxing Day.
If like (ahem...) a friend of mine, you've just returned home after driving around an endless parking lot for 6 hours with a distraught child in the backseat and a partner whose helpful driving "tips" have left you with hot cheeks blazing brighter than Santa's, you need a stress-reliever - stat. Get the adrenaline pumping for all the right reasons with a hearty round or two of Christmas Trivia Combat .
You can also still search for 20 hidden items in the Holiday Hunt - an activity I find somehow meditative.
And for the bestest most excellent shot of Christmas spirit ever, I recommend you play the Seven Games of Christmas . Once completed, you can post a message of goodwill on the Community Wall of Wishes - and read the hundreds of messgaes from your friends here at YouPlay. I got goosebumps reading through them, and elevated by such an abundance of sincerity and friendship, all that cynicism and stress just melted away...
Merry Christmas to all from the teams here at YouPlay and Lovatts - stay safe, keep smiling and eat a mince pie or two for me!
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