What to do in the days between Christmas and the New Year?  You've over indulged at Christmas and have the New Year to look forward to.  It’s those days in between, the British don't really have a word for it. 

The Norwegians have 'Romjul'.  It means to mooch about, to reflect and be cosy. We Brits just get depressed. 

But don't worry. There are ways to survive the holiday limbo.

Get out of the house

You want to keep busy but often busy costs money. You've just got through Christmas and all the expense it entails and you want to save what you have left to see in the New Year. But don't worry there are things you can do which don't cost a fortune.

Discover bus tourism

Every town's bus operator issues a daily ticket. Ride all day for a few quid and discover parts of town you hardly ever see. 

Revisit favourite haunts from childhood and hop on and off the bus whenever you feel like it.

Go for a walk

Lots of benefits here-  it costs nothing, you get into the fresh air and you will work off some of the calories you put on over Christmas.

People watching

Get yourself a copy of 'People Watching' by Desmond Morris from the library and position yourself in a coffee shop or at a train station.  Spend a happy few hours studying people and their behaviour and see how many of Morris's types you can identify.

You don't have to leave the house to pass the time

To make those few days between Christmas and New Year fly you need a project,  something you can really get your teeth into.  You can binge on Netflix, or play Xbox for 72 hours straight.
 
Why not introduce a relative to social media?  Ideally you need a relative over 60. They will be confirmed technophobes and say "young people spend too much time on their phones" at least once a day.  Your mission is to not only introduce them to the delights of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram but to have them embrace it.

It's a challenge, one which not everyone will have the mental strength or the patience to get through. Your reward will come when your phone pings with a Facebook update of a grandparent ringing in the New Year.

Working the blues away

Are you in work between Christmas and New Year?  Beginning to regret taking those extra few days in the summer?  Fed up of receiving gloating texts from colleagues who are enjoying their extended break?  Are you trying to stretch what little actual work you have to try and fill eight hours? 

Use your time constructively.  Prepare a New Year resolution list.  Plan next summer’s holiday.  Apply for a job with a company which does the civilised thing and closes down over Christmas. But above all cram as much as you can into your colleagues in-tray for when they return to work in the New Year.

It's all very well for office workers of course.  But what about those in retail? You have to cope with an endless parade of grumpy customers with post-Christmas blues wanting to return the awful gift they hate.

Smile.  Filter out the moans.  Embrace the fact you are getting paid.  Imagine every moan or groan is another pound in your pay packet. Then help your unhappy customers on their way with an over the top and cheerful festive farewell.  Revelling in other people’s misery is a nice way to make it through to New Year.


A time of abundance

We've all being there.  That cold realisation on Boxing Day it’s still another five days or even more until payday.  The fridge is full of turkey and assorted vegetables that you only eat once a year.  There is also the Christmas pudding you couldn't face on Christmas day.  But there is no way you are going grocery shopping again so you need to make the most of the leftovers.

Thank heavens for Google.  A quick search for leftover turkey recipes will bring up over 17million results.  There has got to be a few meals in there that will hit the mark.

Same goes for vegetarians.  In just a few clicks you can turn leftover veggies into gourmet meals.

And the Christmas pud?  Have it for breakfast and it'll fill you for a full day.


All over for another year

Congratulations you've survived the Christmas limbo.  Before you know it you'll be back at work in January.  You've got another eleven and a half months before you have to do it again.