9 Things to Do between Xmas and New Year

Wondering what to do when Christmas Day is over, but there’s still a week until the New Year? Here are some suggestions for things to do in the mixed-up time known as Twixmas!

Happy New year iced biscuits

The last present has been unwrapped, the crackers have all been pulled and the fridge is stuffed full of leftovers. But there’s still nearly a week to go until New Year’s Eve, so how can you make the most of the days after Christmas?

It’s a strange time, that’s not really Christmas and not quite New Year. In fact, it’s known as Twixmas because it’s ‘betwixt’ Christmas and New Year!

If you’re taking a few days off between Christmas and New Year, it might be tempting to just curl up under a blanket, watch TV and eat your way through your stash of goodies.

But these days are a great opportunity to revitalise, catch up or even get ahead with your to-do list. That way, you can start the new year off on a positive note.

So here are nine suggestions for things to do between Christmas and New Year.

The Key Takeaways

  • Enjoy the Christmas season but plan to get some fresh air too
  • This is the ideal time to stock up for next Christmas
  • Take time to plan for the year ahead
  • But don’t forget to relax – you should feel inspired, not overwhelmed
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Go for a walk

If your days are full of turkey sandwiches and chocolate selection boxes, it’s a good idea to try to get out for some fresh air. That might be a day by the coast to blow away the cobwebs, a few hours walking around the grounds of a stately home, or just a quick visit to the local park.

If one of your goals for 2024 is to see more of the UK, then now is a great time to join an organisation like the National Trust or perhaps National Trust for Scotland. You could also consider joining English Heritage.

You’ll be able to visit historic sites and beautiful stately homes and gardens across the country throughout the year. And your membership will be helping to maintain and restore them for future generations to enjoy.

Stock up for next Christmas

You might feel like you can’t face any more Christmas shopping right now. But buying in the days after Christmas can be a great way to stick to your Christmas budget next year.

Whether you prefer to buy online or venture onto the High Street, you can often pick up Christmas cards, wrapping paper and decorations at bargain prices in the sales after Christmas.

And you could pick up some great gifts as well, which you can either stash away for next Christmas or use for birthdays throughout the year. So take the opportunity to stock up while the prices are low.

But make sure you remember what you bought and where you put them so that you can find them again!

A young woman meditating on a grey sofa at home

Schedule in some me-time

You may be feeling a bit frazzled after Christmas, especially if you were hosting and your house has been full of people.

So take a few minutes each day to look after your own needs. This will leave you feeling more relaxed and in a better place to look after your guests.

There are plenty of different ways to relax at Christmas time and they might not all work for you. Some people might prefer to go for a walk, others might enjoy a long soak in the bath.

Once you’ve found the right recipe for your own relaxation, you’ll find it much easier to deal with any last minute preparations for New Year’s Eve.

Close-up of full champagne flutes cooling in snow with bottle at background

Get ready for New Year’s Eve

And talking of preparations for New Year’s Eve, this is the time to do your last minute checks for the big night.

Do a quick stock check in your fridge, freezer and cupboards to make sure that you’ve got everything that you need. Make a list of any extras that that you need to buy in, and remember that shops may close early on New Year’s Eve.

And if you’re going to be travelling over the New Year’s weekend, don’t forget to confirm your train schedule or do a winter car check before you leave.

Plan something nice for January

The January blues can hit hard once the festivities are over and everyone is back at school and work. Money is tight, the winter weather seems to be dragging on forever, and summer feels like a lifetime away.

So why not take a bit of time after Christmas to plan something fun to do in January.

It doesn’t have to be something extravagant, although planning a UK getaway in January would be lovely. You might just plan to go out for a meal one of the weekends, or take a drive out to a country pub for lunch. Or maybe just plan a cosy night in with a film and a bucket of popcorn.

Whatever you decide to go for, having something to look forward to will make those cold January days feel a little less blue.

Glass Christmas baubles surrounded by pine leaves

Store away the Decorations

Tradition says that your Christmas decorations need to come down by Twelfth Night, 5th January. But you might want to take them down before work or school starts back after the Christmas break.

Have a check through the decorations as you take them down, and wrap the ones that you’re going to reuse next year. Some of your decorations might only be fit for the bin, but others might be suitable to donate to your local charity shop.

If you want to replace some of your Christmas decorations for next year, you might be able to pick up some bargains in the sales.

It’s also worth having a final check of the bulbs on your Christmas tree lights before you store them away. Buying any replacement bulbs now will cut down on frustration when the time comes to decorate the tree next Christmas.

And if you had a real Christmas tree this year, don’t forget to check your local council website for details of how to recycle it.

Our blog post has plenty of tips on how to store your Christmas decorations

Recycle your Christmas cards

If you do decide to take your Christmas cards down before New Year, don’t just throw them in the bin.

According to Recycle Now, the majority of Christmas cards and their envelopes are paper based. So this means they can be recycled as normal in your household recycling collection, local recycling centre or at collection points in supermarket car parks.

You’ll need to remove any decorations that can’t be recycled, such as ribbons, sequins and glitter. Just tear that part of the card off and dispose of it in your household waste bin.

And if you have received any musical cards, you’ll need to remove the batteries before recycling the card. The batteries can be recycled separately.

The other option is to upcycle your cards into gift tags and decorations for next Christmas. If you tend to save your cards for sentimental reasons, you could display some of the prettiest ones in festive photo frames, or use them to make wreaths or tree decorations.

It’s both economical and eco-friendly!

A brunette woman lying on the couch and writing her Christmas list at home in the living room

Write your thank you notes

It’s quicker and easier to make a phone call or send a quick email, but hand-written thank you notes are much nicer to receive.

So why not put on a film or some music, get yourself a drink, and settle down to write some thank you notes.

You can pick up thank you cards or notepaper in supermarkets or in your local newsagents. And if you’re lucky enough to have a local stationery shop, it would be lovely to support them.

But if you are looking to order thank you notes online, companies like papermash or Moo have some lovely designs.

And just think how nice it will be for something other than a bill to turn up in the post!

Close up of a pair of legs in knitted socks on windowsill beside cup of coffee and books

Plan for the year ahead

The week between Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to take stock of what you’ve achieved over the last 12 months, and make plans for the coming year.

So what do you want to achieve in 2024? Are there places that you want to go? New skills you’d like to learn?

During these last few days of the year, take a few moments to look ahead. But don’t go overboard with making lists of resolutions – you should feel inspired, not under pressure.

What are your plans for Twixmas? Whatever you’re doing, have a fabulous time!

2 thoughts on “9 Things to Do between Xmas and New Year

  1. Alex says:

    Really useful tips. Though as someone who loves autumn/winter ❄️ I don’t mind the weather in January, but I miss the festivities and the “back to reality” feeling of January.

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