VENUS & MARS
The XX Factor
Make 'to do' list: defrost turkey; ice Christmas cake; spend an hour listening to Auntie Mary's reminiscences in Rest Home; kiss her 'goodbye' feeling guilty about not inviting her for Christmas meal; PANIC.
Do last-minute shopping: crackers, napkins, etc; deliver remaining cards by hand; buy vegetables; queue up at supermarket check-out; go home for cup of tea; ring daughter to see what time she's arriving tomorrow; check remaining chores to do; PANIC.
Make mince pies; clean house; iron best table-cloth; wrap children's presents, checking each has an equal number of parcels to open; check wine glasses; think about hosting twelve people for Christmas lunch; PANIC; hope husband remembers to buy sherry for trifle; cook pizza for quick Christmas Eve meal; collapse into armchair with glass of wine before bed; PANIC.
The XY Factor
Push aside pile of unwritten Christmas cards; go for drink with pals; go home in time for dinner; RELAX.
Write a few Christmas cards; think about buying presents; go to club for a drink with pals; go home; RELAX.
Try to remember what wife wants for Christmas; try phoning daughter for help; go club for drink with pals; notice the time; rush M&S to buy something - anything; can't remember wife's size; minor-panic; choose lingerie with Gift Receipt; go home in time for pizza; slump in front of TV; RELAX.