We are that no-man’s-land between Christmas and New Year (‘Crimbo Limbo’, if you will) seems to last longer than any other week in the year, if you’re lucky enough to have the time off work.
The big day you spent an absolute fortune on has been and gone, and suddenly you’re left with days to fill before the next big party on New Year’s Eve.
Here are some tips for surviving that desolate period.
- Play with your presents – That’s why the time never seemed to drag when you were a kid, right? You had a sack load of new presents to play with. Now, I know some imagination might be required to play with a new jumper, make-up and an iTunes voucher, but give it a go anyway. Maybe make yourself a fort out of the boxes your gifts came in.
- Binge-watch TV shows – Now is the perfect time to finally get round to watching Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones/Mad Men/whichever show you’ve been putting off because there are literally days of it to get through. The great thing about Crimbo Limbo is that no-one judges you if you don’t go outside for days. So fire up Netflix , or Sky Plus and get stuck into that tin of Quality Street.
- Go for a nice long walk – The fresh air will be good for you after days of breathing nothing but alcohol fumes and the exercise will make you feel less guilty for all the chocolates you’re going to eat later in the day.
- Get drunk with your family – You’ll see a whole different side to your Mother in law when she’s squiffy. You might even get a glimpse of the fun, care-free people your parents were before they had kids and a mortgage. Of course, if your family are prone to over-sharing deep, dark secrets after a few drinks, then you might want to skip this one.
- Brave the Boxing Day sales – If you don’t mind fighting against angry people to get to the biggest bargains, then go for it. Fair warning, though – you will be in an uncontrollable state of rage by the time you head home, possibly with a fat lip and far fewer purchases than you were hoping for.
- Tackle that project you’ve been meaning to do – My dad I know will have a shelf to put up. You’ve got loads of free time, so you can finally work on that project you’ve been putting off – writing your novel, decorating the bedroom, reading War and Peace – whatever it may be.
But we all know you’ll just end up horizontal on the sofa watching re-runs of Only Fools and Horses.
See how much weight you can put on in one week because we all know that this is actually what you’re going to be doing during Crimbo Limbo