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Twixmas: 9 brilliant things to do in between Christmas and New Year

Published 1 month ago. Estimated reading time: 7 minutes.

Dec 19

We know what you’re thinking…what is Twixmas and what does it mean?! Deriving from the term ‘betwixt’, meaning between, Twixmas is that lovely down-time in between Christmas and New Year. Whether you’re a planner and like to have a fun-filled schedule, or you like to take it easy-breezy and see what each day brings, here’s nine brilliant things to do in between Christmas and New Year to embrace those extra days off!

9 brilliant things to do in between Christmas and New Year

1. Watch cosy classic Christmas movies

Knowing you don’t have to wake up early for work the next day makes movie watching even more exciting! Cosy up on the sofa with a thick blanket, a cup of something warm and some festive treats because it’s time to get through those classic Christmas movies. Bored of endlessly scrolling to search for a festive film? This list has our top picks for Christmas films… Keep the change ya filthy animal.

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2. Bundle up and go for a crisp walk

Next up on our list of brilliant things to do in between Christmas and New Year is to go for a walk. Find us something better than seeing blue skies, hearing the crunch of fresh frost and having fresh, cold air on your cheeks…we’ll be waiting. This time of year is the best for wrapping up in endless layers and venturing out into the great outdoors for a lovely walk. Even with a nip in the air, there’s something so darn cosy about getting back in and sticking the kettle on. Head over to the National Trust to find out where’s local to you.

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3. Create your own 2023 jar

A lovely creative activity to do in between Christmas and New Year is to make your own 2023 jar. This doesn’t have to be super-duper fancy, you can recycle something you have at home, be it a pretty vase, an old candle holder or an empty Kilner jar. First of all, write down things you want to achieve in 2023 i.e. places you want to go, things you want to do or date night ideas to mix things up. Make it personal to you, and then simply fold it up and pop it into your 2023 jar. Each month, pick out one token and you’ll have a place to go, a date to plan or an item to achieve! We’ve seen lots of different variations of this over the years, so the more creative, the better.

4. Declutter your home…and mind!

Decluttering might not be considered worthy of a place on our brilliant things to do in between Christmas and New Year…but hear us out. It doesn’t have to be springtime to have a good, ol’ deep clean, In fact having a proper de-clutter is a great way to see in the new year! Not only will you be starting 2023 with the best of intentions, it provides a moment of mindfulness, proven to increase happiness, calmness and create a sense of control. We’ve only recently heard of the ‘strangers, acquaintances and friends’ method, which we love and you can read more on it here!

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5. Put your mind to a pretty puzzle

Is it really in between Christmas and New Year without a puzzle?! Whether you enjoy finishing it in one sitting (if this is you, we praise you!) or like going back to it over a week or two, a brand-new puzzle makes for an afternoon of fun and gets the brain moving. We love Pieces Store, made from FSC certified wood and starch-based glue, they have some of the prettiest puzzles around. Not only do they look good, they do good too. Take part in their circular economy where you can donate your puzzle to an in-need organisation, and you’ll get a discount off your next puzzle.

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6. Fill a book with your favourite moments from 2022

If you’re like us and hate having photos only on our phones, it’s time to get your camera roll printed and treat yourself to a personalised photo album that can be treasured for years to come. Having a photo album per year is a great way to look back on all the glorious memories of 2022, and in the process of putting your photo album together, it provides a lovely opportunity to reflect and remember all the good bits of the year gone by with your friends and family.

7. Read that book!

If you need a sign to pick up that book and get reading, this is it! Treat yourself to an hour in the morning before anyone is awake to a cup of tea and a chapter of a book you’ve been meaning to get stuck into. Giving you a moment of escape and mindfulness, reading can be so beneficial for your mental health and will help you set a positive habit moving into the new year. Want to start tracking your latest reads? Our bestselling Book Journal helps you stay on track for your reading goals. 

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8. Reflect and acknowledge the year gone by

Next up on our list of brilliant things to do in between Christmas and New Year is to take the time to pause and reflect. With Covid, the cost-of-living crisis and the strikes, 2022 has not been easy on us so this is the opportunity to have a moment of reflection. Tying in beautifully with creating a photo album, take the time to acknowledge what’s gone well, what’s not gone so well, who you’re grateful for and what you intend 2023 to bring. If you’ve one of our bestselling refillable Life Planners, you can do this at the end of the December, where there’s room to reflect on the year gone by. Have a Life Planner and need your 2023 refill? Get yours here!

9. Plan for the year ahead

…and last up on our list of brilliant things to do in between Christmas and New Year is plan for the year ahead! What this looks like varies from person to person, but this is the perfect chance to fill out your brand-new personalised diary or life planner with dates you’ve already got set for the year ahead. From weddings to birthday parties to holidays, we’ve all got something we need to pencil in so we don’t forget. Alternatively, you can simply use a blank piece of paper and follow our planning guide here.

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas and New Year’s, we hope it’s one filled with relaxation. Or…if we’re being honest, one that’s just a little less chaotic than the last! We hope this has inspired you to make the most of the break in between Christmas and New Year, to try something new for yourself or to get ahead and organised for 2023.

P.S. If you’re looking for even more stationery to get inspired for the year ahead, you can discover lots of lovely stuff here.

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