How to survive ‘crimbo limbo’ with your family

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On 26 December after the presents are opened, you’re finishing up the turkey and the children have already played with their new toys — “crimbo limbo” can set in. This usually refers to the days between Christmas and New Year when you start to get itchy feet but still have a few days before New Year’s Eve. For those with school-aged children, crimbo limbo extends until 6 January this year when most schools start back up. Here are a few things to do to during that week to keep everyone entertained.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2018/11/22: Hello Winter and a smiley face, is seen on a car windscreen covered in frost in London following a very cold night. According to The Met Office blizzards and freezing temperatures are set to arrive in Britain next week as an Arctic blast sweeps across the country. Temperatures are likely to plunge to -10C and the bitter freeze - with gales from Siberia and heavy snow - is expected to last through Christmas. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Start planning a new trip

One of the best ways to get out of a bad mood is to start planning your 2020 trips. If you are subject to a strict school calendar, you can book great fares at the moment for next October half term in the current New Years sales.

If you want to snag coveted award seats for next Christmas using your Companion Voucher, British Airways Christmas tickets for the Friday before Christmas in 2020 (18 December 2020) will go on Sunday 29 December 2019. So set your alarms.

Read more: The ultimate guide to the British Airways Companion Voucher

Legoland Windsor

For the first time, Legoland Windsor will be open between 27 December and 6 January. Theme park-only tickets are £25. But note it’s at a reduced operation of 25 rides. Legoland also has overnight adventure stays at the Castle Hotel or Resort Hotel, including two days of park access. From 30 December to 31 December for a family of four in a Premium Pirate room with two days of passes and breakfast, rates are still available for £394.

(Image courtesy of Legoland)

Plan your points and miles strategy for 2020

Are you going to commit to one alliance for status this year? Is 2020 your year to fly business class as a family for the first time? Do you have an idea of where you are going to transfer your American Express Membership Rewards? 2020 could be the year that your family stops hoarding points.

(Photo by Peter Muller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Peter Muller/Getty Images)

Read more: How to plan a family holiday on points and miles

Experience some culture

Museums in London operate in the period between Christmas and New Year including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Tate Modern. If something more festive is your speed, then Winter Wonderland is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Christmas until 5 January.

Winter Wonderland in London (Photo courtesy of Winter Wonderland)

Read more: 5 last-minute family Christmas activities in London

Head to the cinema

The cinema is my family’s go-to for the downtime during the festive period. We go and sit in silence in the dark and relax. Cinemas like the Prince Charles in Leicester Square show old classics all through this period. It still has tickets to its Lord of the Rings movie marathon on 28 December where you could spend a cool 12 hours in the cinema starting at 9 a.m.

Start your resolutions early

Kitchen seller Wren Kitchens did a study that found that the average Briton consumes 6,000 calories on Christmas Day alone. So rather than waiting until 1 January, start moving your body now. Get your family out to the parks.

Go back to work

This year, there are three working days between Christmas and New Year. While that may give you a splendid amount of time with your family, for some work could feel like more of a holiday than being at home. Arrange some playdates for the kids and take a break back at your desk.

Many workplaces are mostly deserted during crimbo limbo and people often work shorter days. Some people swear by working the week between Christmas and New Year with unofficial reduced hours to save their precious days for a more extended summer holiday.

YouTube binge-watching

You could always cosy up with your family in pyjamas on the sofa with leftover mince pies and turn them into AvGeeks by binge-watching the TPG U.K. Youtube channel.

Read more: Watch TPG U.K. review all four classes on Singapore Airlines’ A380

Bottom line

There’s plenty of things to do between Christmas and New Year rather than arguing with your family or letting the kids drive you crazy. Do some planning, get out and about and remember, it’s the season of goodwill!

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