Surviving the post-Christmas crash
Those 6 days.
Is there actually a word for that bit?
That period of time when you’re over the hedonism and busyness of Christmas but not yet fully feeling the excitement and newness of the New Year.
I’ve heard it described as ‘The Longest Sunday’ (a lovely, romantic way of seeing it) but also as ‘The Gusset’ (you know, that bit on a pair of tights between the front and the back…maybe more of a realistic descriptor?!)
We’ve written and shared posts over the last few weeks to give you some ideas for making Christmas calmer, more peaceful and generally easier for you and your children.
But no doubt they will still be getting incredibly excited in the run-up, looking longingly at the tree each day and using up every single ounce of willpower to not tear all the presents open before The Big Day itself.
So, after all the fun is over, after all the presents have been unwrapped and after all the food has been eaten, what next?
If you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to keep them entertained for the next few days whilst maintaining your own sanity, how about making the most of this time and creating some new family traditions?
We’ve shared some ideas for creating family Christmas family traditions before, but this ‘in-between’ time is a perfect time for creating some more – not to mention staving off the pretty much inevitable boredom that sets in once they’ve played with the new toys for the hundredth time and they’re lying abandoned in the corner of the room.
Here are some ideas you might want to try - and feel free to suggest your own in the comments below.
1) Boxing Day books
This is one that Claire remembers enjoying as a child. The idea is as simple as it sounds – everyone gets a new book on Boxing Day! It does mean they get one more present to unwrap, but we’re fans of this one as it also gives you an opportunity to do what we believe is one of the most important things you can do with your child and share some quality time connecting with them (which is something that can so easily get lost in the hectic rushing around that typifies most people’s days at this time of year).
So, wrap up a book (even if it is one they have on their shelves already but you know that they love) and snuggle down for a good read together.
2) Being thankful and giving to others
It’s more than likely that your children will have received a lot for Christmas. We’ve written before about teaching children to practise gratitude and about being charitable, and this is a perfect opportunity to help them do that. Spend some time with them thinking about everything they have enjoyed doing over the holiday season, as well as all the presents they received.
Help them to think about children who may not have been able to enjoy Christmas as much as they have and that with all the presents they’ve received, they might want to give away some things that they don’t feel that they need anymore. You can then help them to do this by taking donations to a charity shop or donating money to a cause they want to support.
3) Winter light shows
There are some fantastic shows on at venues all over the country, and who doesn’t love an illumination or two!
This doesn’t have to be expensive or involve long journeys to get to though – if you really get creative you might not even have to leave the house! Try creating your own indoor light show with fairy lights, torches or whatever light source you can get your hands on. Throw in a film and some popcorn when you’re all lit up and you’re set for a cosy night in!
We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for not only surviving but also enjoying those 6 days.
Oh, and I found another way to describe it which I think is perfect: Twixtmas.
So, Happy Twixtmas to you all!