11 things we all do between Christmas and New Year's
27 December 2017, 12:13 | Updated: 28 December 2018, 18:36
Chrimbo Limbo is that weird period that happens between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. It can be both glorious and boring. But you should definitely embrace it!
Here's a list of just a few things we all end up doing at some point or another in this week (providing you were clever enough to book time off work)...
1. Eat. Eat. Eat.
Not only can the 384th diet regime in recent memory not have to start until January, but all that food from Christmas needs to be eaten up.
There's still leftovers to get through, as well as all the party food you stacked up with and never got round to eating on the day. Plus, you probably got given a giant's share of chocolate and other nibbles. Someone's got to eat them...
2. Attempt some life admin
You've been meaning to sort all those fiddly and boring bits of your life all year long. If there's ever a time to do it...
You start off with all the best intentions, but you'll probably give up after just 10 minutes.
3. Play with your new toys
You can easily forget some of the presents you opened on the madness of Christmas Day, so it's time to find your box of gifts and go through them all again.
OK, you might forget who got you what, and you might be deciding which ones you could potentially return to the shops, but it's always great to feel like a kid again.
4. Go on lots of walks
If there's ever a perfect time to go on a few strolls - either on your own or with others - it's Chrimbo Limbo.
Everything is getting more frosty outside, but it all seems rather romantic before the stress of January arrives, so make the most of it!
5. Make plans to catch up with old mates
If you've returned to your childhood home, it's the time of year to meet up with pals of old.
It can sometimes be weird to meet up with folks you haven't seen for ages, but that nostalgia rush can be a pleasant feeling. While we're on the subject...
6. Get all nostalgic
Whether it's remembering what you were doing in past Christmases and New Years or just looking back on the past year, this week allows you stop and think for a moment.
Reflect on the last 12 months and see where you are now compared to last December. Then you can start...
7. Getting hopeful for the next year
New Year's Resolutions rarely stick, but January is the perfect time to reboot your life a little bit and start planning changes. Sure, you'll probably fail after a week, but the thought is good!
They might be small changes like stopping to bite your nails, or they could be big changes like setting life and career goals. Either way, this is the time to start setting the wheels in motion.
8. Watch weird TV
You've got far too much time on your hands, so you'll probably find yourself tuning in to odd channels early in the morning.
Before you know it, you'll be watching a marathon of obscure animated films from the 1990s at 11am. And that's no bad thing.
9. Have a really early spring clean
There's a few months to go before spring returns, but let's pretend it's here already by having a bit of a clean.
Maybe not the whole house yet, but a nice clean and tidy room will help start the new year right.
10. Shop. Shop. Shop.
Damn those sweet Boxing Day sales. All the shops in the land start selling stuff for far cheaper than usual right up to and including January. Sure, you'll probably spend more money than if things weren't on sale, but still.
Whether you want to stay in and shop online or actually brave it and go out, it's time to buy yourself some presents you actually wanted.
11. Make last minute plans for New Year's
If you're one of those actually organised people, then you probably sorted out your New Year's plans ages ago.
But for the rest of us, we've suddenly realised that there we have no concrete plans for the big night. Time to decide if you want an epic night out or a quiet night in...