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Holiday Characters - The SHIRKER (aka The AWOL-er)

The Godsend, The Performer, The Joker, The Martyr, The Sherpa, The Ligger, The Trojan or The Shirker . What's your type?

To help you form the perfect party and get a balance of personalities, we've drawn up a list of holiday archetypes. We've defined people by what they do or don't do. You may cringe at one or two and say hey, that's me. But secretly, we'd all like to know who and what we are. Don't worry, we're not about to subject you to Jungian psychoanalysis. For one, we're not qualified, and two, it's a bit deep for holidays. So, we promise to keep it light and have some fun. And if we strike a nerve, let's hope it's the funny bone.


The Shirker (aka The AWOL-er)

Illustration by Paul DavisThe Shirker has a superhuman power - to become invisible! He or she goes AWOL as soon as they're delegated a task (hence, also known as AWOL-er). It's never their turn to do anything and they use this skill to control your mind and make you believe it's your go again. They use charm and wit in equal measures to skip their duties and can convince you that a rota is another word for routine, the very thing you're meant to be avoiding. They have a second amazing power, albeit mortal, to develop injuries or ailments. This could be a bad back when a child asks for a piggyback up a dune, or a split nail when the spuds need peeling. Stare them down in the eye and if the pupil dilates, they're fibbing.

Could I be The Godsend?>

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Holiday Characters - The GODSEND

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Holiday Characters - The MARTYR

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