by Sarah ▪ 23 Dec, 2020
Christmas limbo is that time between Christmas and New Year when everyone is too full of turkey, mince pies and Quality Street to be all that proactive or productive. Even at the best of times these days can become a listless no-man’s-land. And let’s face it – this isn’t the best of times!
Here at Gourmade, we know the value of food, family and fun – and that’s what Christmas limbo should be all about. When life gives us lemons, we don’t just make lemonade – we make a Sicilian lemon tart! It’s fair we know how to get the best from a situation, so we’ve put together a few ideas for getting the most from your Betwixtmas.
There’s nothing like a winter breeze for whipping some colour into your cheeks and some zest into your heart. A brisk walk by the sea, in the local park or wood – or simply around the block to check out other people’s Christmas décor – is a great way to start your Boxing Day. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not take an OS map and go somewhere new? If you’re on your own, you’re bound to meet some fellow ramblers to exchange cheery greetings (or shared grimaces about the weather!), while if you have kids it’s the perfect way to stop them squabbling over their toys and burn off some energy. You’ll also work off any lingering lassitude from overeating, making yourself ready for the next few days – and all the leftovers! It may be winter, but the sunshine still gives you vital vitamin D and helps keep low mood at bay. And even in Tier 4, this is a way to catch up with friends or family in person. There’s just no downside to outdoor time – so long as it’s not pouring with rain …
If you really don’t like walking, why not take up a new hobby like roller-blading or stand-up paddle boarding? Or find a scavenger hunt online – great entertainment for kids and adults alike. You could compete with distant friends and family and send photos of your finds! For the less active (and if you’re in a lower tier), it may be worth plugging in the outdoor heater or lighting a fire pit, and wrapping up in your thermals, so you can enjoy a natter and a cup of hot chocolate outdoors.
Using larger cards to create bookmarks is a fabulous idea – cheer up a bookworm friend in gloomy January with a homemade gift. The simplest option is to cut out, punch a hole and add decorative wool, but if you’re a dab hand with scissors you may want to try these lovely folded ones.
Here’s where family and friends really come in (even if it is via Zoom). Quizzes are maybe the simplest way to go – but even these can be given a twist or theme to keep things interesting. Why not have a dressing up, karaoke or dancing round? Or make a music round with a twist by playing them backwards?
There are also plenty of online tools available for playing team games like Charades, Pictionary, Articulate or Who Am I? We’d probably open a bottle, too, but even without the bubbly, these games are always a riot!
On occasion this year it’s felt as though making plans was an exercise in futility, but that’s not so. Spending some quality moments taking stock and thinking about goals and possibilities is a great way to rekindle a sense of purpose and control. It’s also fun to imagine how you’ll reinvent yourself next year whilst unashamedly still having chocolate for breakfast and staying in your PJs all day. If you’re anything like me, you usually make more plans than you can realistically complete in just one year, so use that tendency but designate different goals depending on different eventualities.
You might decide to save a holiday fund, but invest it in a high-end tent if a hoped-for foreign trip falls through. If you want to take dance classes, consider a back-up option – virtual classes at home, yoga – or something totally different (start your own podcast or scrapbook all your photos, perhaps). Maybe you want to apply to university. Pick your favourites, but maybe consider choosing some online courses as well, and explore ways to pick up skills if you choose to defer. If you want to change career but don’t feel it’s the time, look at your CV and see how you can jazz it up in the extra time.
Most of us don’t get a lot of time to ourselves, and maybe you don’t want to spend your precious holiday time improving yourself! Even if you do, still try to set aside some of your Christmas limbo just for you. Take a warm bath, meditate, re-read your favourite book, or binge on festive feel-good films. Are you a sucker for romances like Love, Actually and The Holiday but your partner turns up their nose? Do you maintain that Die Hard is a Christmas flick? Or do you need a fix of a classic like The Snowman, Home Alone or Miracle on 34th Street to feel you’ve had a proper Christmas? Whether you like a tear-jerker (It’s a Wonderful Life, anyone?) or a madcap comedy (everyone likes Elf … right?) these days are the time to really spoil yourself. And we can recommend a Gourmade pud to max out the indulgence factor. For wintry nights, you can’t go wrong with Sticky Toffee Pudding or a Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble.
Finally, thank your former self for stocking your freezer with Gourmade’s Macaroni Cheese & Bacon (or whichever your favourite is). If you haven’t already, it’s not too late: make an order now . Sometimes, filling the time is surprisingly tiring and you deserve a break!
The Gourmade team wishes you a relaxing and pleasurable festive season, and look forward to building our community and blog in 2021. Merry Christmas!