Twixmas: How to fill the void between Christmas and New Year

You may have never heard the term ‘Twixmas’ but everyone knows what Twixmas is. It’s the term used to describe those days between Christmas and New Year were time is no longer a concept and those six days all merge into one. In some ways this time is the best time of year because it encourages us to slow down, take a breath, have movie days with the family and think about the year that’s just been. But, it can also be an odd time of year. For most of us, there’s no work, no routine, no plans. It’s a very strange feeling.

Entertaining kids during Twixmas can also be a very difficult. Despite Santa having just bought an abundance of gifts to children, the lack of routine and excess amounts of sugar can make kids hard to handle in this lull between Christmas and New Year. So, here is our ultimate guide to surviving Twixmas…

Cosy up for some movie days…

Twixmas is the perfect time to make movie days at home with the kids that little bit more special. Try dragging some duvets downstairs to cuddle up by the fire with the kids to watch some family favourite films. To add some extra warmth, you could also make some loaded hot chocolates: whipped cream, marshmallows, flakes … the works!

 

The Black Swan Helmsley Afternoon Tea

 

Get some fresh air and burn off some energy with a bike ride…

I’m sure we’re all expected to over indulge this festive season so who not get a head start of your new years resolution to get fit and take a big family bike ride! If you’re not the biggest fan of cycling then Jorvik tricycles are a great alternative to help those who struggle to balance, pedal and steer a traditional bicycle as the third wheel offers more support and stability. A family bike ride is the perfect way to get some fresh air as well as burn off all the sugar that the kids have consumed over Christmas so they sleep more soundly.

 

Try out some festive baking…

Although enough food has probably already been consumed over Christmas, baking with the kids is a great family friendly activity to drag the kids away from their screens and keep them busy. Maybe try to avoid making even more mince pies though!

 

Champagne Afternoon Tea at Middlethorpe Hall, York

 

Board games for the whole family to enjoy…

These days between Christmas and New Year is the perfect time for a digital detox. Ahead of the new year try ditching your phone, tablet, laptop or anything with a screen and spend some quality time with the family. There’s not many times throughout the year that we get the chance to completely switch off and get stuck into a whole host of good old fashioned board games.

 

What else do you do to fill the void between Christmas and New Year … any suggestions welcome!