If the thought of the Topshop celeb' Christmas shopping evening makes you want to crawl into the foetal position and sob like a little girl, then may we suggest you just donate some money directly to the Terrence Higgins Trust and get yourself along to something a little more sedate such as the Geffrye Museum's Christmas Past exhibition instead.
As the Geffrye website itself says, the museum provides a "welcome retreat from the demands of a modern-day Christmas," every year by decorating their "urban middle-class interiors from 1600 to the present day" in proper middle-class chrimbo styles. So out go the Roboraptors and the lifesize singing Santas and in come clementines, homemade decorations, carols and sherry.
And don't forget that, come the New Year, when you're skint, fat and hungover the Geffrye also puts on its annual Farewell to Christmas tradition which includes lots of pseudo-pagan stuff that we just dont get enough of anymore like the burning of the holly and the ivy.
The Geffrye Museum is located at 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch. Entry is free. The Christas Past exhibiton runs until 8 January.