Thursday, 28 December 2017

Things to do on those Lazy Christmas Days

Christmas is the perfect time to relax and do absolutely nothing, but if you’re anything like me you start to get restless after a few of those lazy Christmas days. I’m not so great at doing nothing for too long and usually end up trying to fill in the days with something, anything. So to help out those of you that are like me and are looking for something to do on those lazy Christmas days, I’ve created this little list of things to do during those quiet days when you can do nothing no longer.

Play board games – this is a pretty obvious one, especially as it’s Christmas and the perfect time to play board games with family and friends. They don’t require too much brain activity, give you lots of laughs and are a great way to create memories with loved ones.

Watch Christmas movies – Now I’m a big lover of Christmas movies and have been known to watch ‘Christmas in July’ on movies 24 more than once (feel free to judge me) so I’m all about the Christmas movies and take any chance I can get to watch them. I mean, what other movies are guaranteed to make you feel warm and tingly inside and always leave you with a smile? But, if you don’t share my passion for Christmas movies, you could replace this with any movie.

Have a winter clean – Being an expat, I tend to do this every time I home so it’s become a Christmas tradition now. It’s a great way to make space for all of your new prezzis that Santa brought but also so therapeutic. There’s nothing better than that productive feeling when you’ve organised your life (or belongings at least) and it’s a great way to start the new year.

Decide your New Year’s Resolutions or goals – you could also think about what your goals are for the upcoming year. What do you want to achieve? How are you going to make the next year the best ever? There’s something about a fresh start that makes people think they are invincible AF, and we are, but keep your goals realistic to make sure you really do kick ass in the next year. My resolutions are big but minimal this year.

Create an epic planner – As well as organising your belongings, this time before the new year is a great time to plan head and organise your life too. You could start an epic planner in whatever form you like, from a shop bought diary to a bullet journal. Make it work for you and take the time to make it look nice. There’s something special about a a beautiful planner that makes you feel like a total girl boss who is completely in control.

Hit the sales – Obvious one right here, but spend that Christmas cash and grab some bargains. The sales are always incredible after Christmas so make the most of it. Some of my favourites are Debenhams, Accessorize and John Lewis

Take a short break – Those days between Christmas are a great time to take a couple of days away in your favourite place. You could take a city break to your favourite city or a brand-new city to maybe tick off a last-minute resolution. Or head to the country for some great views and to walk off those holiday pounds. Sometimes it’s nice to just get away and relax in a different environment. 

Festive afternoon tea – While Christmas is over, the Christmas period is still going strong, which everybody knows lasts around 2 weeks right? Please tell me it’s not just me that eats all of the chocolate for that long! So make the most of it by heading out on a girl date for some festive treats and gossip. Or do something completely different with your girls, because whatever you do is guaranteed to be filled with fun and laughter.

Do a puzzle – I’m not kidding when I say I haven’t done a puzzle since I was about 12, so this year I bought a Christmas puzzle and have been loving doing it. It’s so therapeutic and a great way to stay entertained while watching the many hours of TV that are compulsory at Christmas.

Take some ‘me’ time – if you didn’t get a whole load of products that you’re not dying to try then you’re missing out and need to head out right now to stock up on all of the sale products. Use up some of those new products by taking a bath with extra bubbles, lathering on some extra moisturiser and generally feel like your best and smoothest self. Of course, a Christmas bath must include Prosecco, tunes or at least half of a new feel-good book.

Read that book – Speaking of books, take some time out to read. How often do you get to just sit down for a long period and read that book that you’re into? When I’m busy, reading is the thing that usually goes which is sad as I love to snuggle up with a good book. Take the time to read that book from cover to cover, just because it’s Christmas so why the hell not.

Make Plans – Now, there’s a fine line with this one because I hate, HATE when you see adverts for summer holidays the day after Christmas. I mean, come on, let us bask in our Christmas glory for a little longer. But sitting down with your laptop and making some exciting plans to look forward to the following year is a great way to make sure you start off the year feeling motivated and positive.

Start a new hobby – How many of us add ‘start a new hobby’ or ‘learn something new’ to our resolutions but never get around to it. The quiet period between Christmas and New Year is a great time to get on this resolution and actually do it. If you’re looking for some inspiration you can check out mine.

Reflection – It’s that time of year when everybody re-evaluates their lives ready for a fresh start. While this is sometimes a fruitless task with resolutions being broken by January 2nd, it is a great time to sit back and reflect on your life. What makes you happy? What do you want to change? You only get one life so make damn sure it’s a happy one and reflection is a great way to help you prioritise and refocus. Take some time out in a space that you love, listen to some calm music and simple think about you without any other distractions.

Update your playlist – As an expat I don’t hear new tunes regularly and basically have no idea what is recent so my playlist consists of the same music it has for years and I get pretty sick of listening to the same songs. Take some time to update your playlist and discover new artists. Last FM, Spotify and Apple Music are great ways to discover new artists you may like.

Go on a date night – I’m the first to admit I usually spend Christmas glued to my sofa, surrounded by Roses wrappers and watching TV, but why not get out of the house? You could head to the movies or out for dinner with your boy. Just make sure you have those elasticated waists at the ready as your little black dress is probably not going to fit after all of the turkey and Christmas pudding.

Take a winter walk – You may think I’m crazy but my favourite time to go on a walk is in winter. I love that fresh feeling you get from the icy cold weather and it just clears my heads and makes me feel so relaxed. I’m incredibly lucky to live by the coast so I have the perfect place to walk, but you could do this anywhere. You may be extra lucky and get a white Christmas which is even better.

Get ahead – This one’s a little shaky, guys! You could use the time to get ahead with blog posts or work, although this is your time so you may prefer to put all work aside (and so you should!) But wouldn’t it be great to start the new year feeling organised and on top of life?

Design a workout routine – Ok, so let’s be real! How many of us are going to get on some kind of workout routine in January? Probably most of us! Instead of going in blind, plan an exciting and achievable workout so you’re all set for January and are much more likely to succeed.

Re-watch a TV series (or start a new one) – There are so many TV series I would love to watch and just haven’t got around to it. Take a few days over the Christmas period to binge on your favourite series, because why the hell not?

The Blogosphere – Spend some time catching up on all of your favourite blogs and YouTube channels. You know all of those pages you’ve bookmarked to read later? Now’s the time to read them. Do a little surfing and find some new bloggers and YouTubers to follow along with next year.

Grab a coffee – Christmas red cups are limited to we’ve got to make the most of them while they are here. Head out and grab a Christmas coffee before they’re gone and you regret not making the most of them. A year is a long time to wait for another peppermint mocha, guys!

Create a budget/saving plan – If you’re anything like me, next year in the year I’m going to become a real adult and save like hell (mostly because I want to get the hell out of China!) It’s easier said than done though, especially as there is always something more exciting to do. Make a realistic plan that you can stick to so you reach your goals and build up good savings next year.

Converse – How often do you get to just sit down, with nothing else to think about, and simply chat to those you love? Make time for it over the Christmas period. It’s the one time of year that people really make the effort to come together so take the time to really chat with them. Make the moments count.

And of course, because it’s Christmas, all of these things will be done with chocolates y your side, a mulled wine in hand, Christmas tunes playing and your best Christmas candles burning.


How do you spend the time between Christmas and New Year? Will you be doing anything from this list?
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  1. Re watching tv series is my favourite time pass on lazy days, the other ideas like playing board game, starting new hobby and going on a night date are very exciting.I will try these ideas on this lazy winter.

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    1. Great ideas to enjoy the holiday! I hope you got to do some of these things.

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  2. These are some great things to do! Watching a TV series & reading are 2 of my absolute favorite things to do to pass the time (while being lazy!)

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    1. Reading is also one of my favourites and I don't do it enough. I hope to read more this year!

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  3. This is brilliant! I think my husband I already did half on this list haha! Plus extra sleep since the construction nearby is also on a holiday.

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    1. Good - that means you truly enjoyed the holiday!

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  4. Such great ideas! i love putting some music on and writing or reading a good book!

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    1. I also love to listen to music, it makes me happier! Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. My friends and I are planning a wine and cheese game night so we can pretend we don't have to go back to work next week! I also need to fit in catch up time with The Bold Type since I never got to finish that series.

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    1. Oooh that sounds so fun! Time with friends is so important!

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  6. Since it's winter and it's really cold, I still try to go to the gym as my me time. And read some ebooks or tv series to do some catch up while on holiday.

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    1. I wish I had the motivation to still go to the gym but Christmas is the one time I completely zone out out real life!

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  7. This is a list with so many options! I just LOVE board games and the holidays are a perfect excuse to get my family to play along again! As goes for Christmas movies. A lot of productive things you've stated as well, don't know if I would like to think of a new work out routine and such on Christmas (due to all the lovely holiday food) but this is as well a perfect resolution to go list!

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I love Christmas movies and board games - they are the perfect combination during the holiday!

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  8. Such an extensive list. I like to go for a long walk and listen to the wind. Then I like to curl up with a hot chocolate and watch movies for an afternoon.

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    1. Wind is my favourite weather, it just completely clears my head. This sounds like the perfect day!

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  9. What a lovely list you've shared. I love watching movies and having a cup of tea with home made cookies with my family during lazy days!

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    1. Oooh tea and cookies is a great choice! Thanks for dropping by!

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  10. These are all great ideas! My family likes to take Christmas easy. We open presents and play games :)

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    1. It sounds like a great day - Christmas is all about taking it easy! :-)

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  11. I love the reading suggestion and the reflecting, since xmas it's so close to NYE I feel like everyone is taking the time to reflect anyhow.

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    1. I find Christmas a great time to reflect on the year too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Great ideas. I just took on a new hobby- woodworking. Also updating my playlists for some inspirational music!

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    1. That sounds interesting - it's always fun to learn new things. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Great post! Definitely going to do some of these, as we've been snowed in all weekend! Thanks!

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    1. I hope you enjoyed them! Thanks for stopping by

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  14. You had me at 'lazy christmas' - I have been a little more humbug ever year - and these are some great ideas for making it a relaxing christmas actually

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoyed your lazy Christmas!

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  15. Frankly never though I'd worry on what to do in the holidays. But a great list of suggestions nonetheless especially if someone is short on ideas!

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  16. I did the reading a book thing. I felt guilty at the beginning because I felt like I needed to be doing something, but it was so good.

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    1. Never feel guilty for taking some time for you. I'm glad you enjoyed it! :-)

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  17. I bought my daughter a my little pony puzzle for Christmas and we have been making it and breaking it over and over again.

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    1. Such a great way to spend time together! I've also been doing a puzzle for the first time in years and really enjoyed it!

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  18. I love planning and organizing so I do so throughout the year and not only at the turn of the new year. These are great ideas. Sheri

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  19. Puzzle, reading a book and taking up a new hobby are very productive ways to spend your free time. Great ideas Sheri

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I agree that they are all great ways!

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  20. Yes I am like you who cannot sit for long doing nothing! I love taking a walk or cleaning the space. Of course, when all else fails, Christmas movies are a great option! :)

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    1. Cleaning is so therapeutic isn't it? Thanks for dropping by!

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  21. Some amazing ideas here. We love playing board games and I especially love curling up with a good book at this time of year too.

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    1. Board games are always so fun, especially accompanied with Christmas chocolates and wine.

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