If you’ve followed me for a long time, you will know that I do something called the 25 days of Christmas. This is an activity that we do every day, be it large or small, on the lead up to Christmas. Now, because I focus so much on this, and Christmas Day itself, I always forget about the time between Christmas and New Year. Where the children are still off school, but I don’t actually have anything for them to do.
I don’t know about you, but I find that once the kids have opened all their presents, played with them all on Boxing Day. By the next day they are ready to get out of the house and go for a walk, getting in some of that fresh air and being able to burn some of that energy off, from all the excitement, for a bit.
So this year I set myself a challenge of activities to do in between Christmas and New Year to keep my tribe entertained. Because I like adding to my stress and workload. This year, Christmas falls on a weekend which is creating extra days off for families. Luckily for us, apart from morning and the evening jobs, I do have Gavin’s help with the kids.
Our Christmas Day falls on a Sunday and I imagine on the Monday, the children will just want to play with toys. Tuesday is an extra bank holiday and we have no plans but I’d like to get out for a winters walk somewhere. On the Wednesday, Gavin has a shoot, so I’m on my own with the boys. But I’m thinking of setting up some craft activities at home. Therefore, on the Thursday, I’d like to get out of the house again, whether it be on a walk or a kids play area somewhere. On the Friday, I am going to try my hand at plastering, I’ve never done it before and I’m going to try it on the wall that doesn’t matter if it goes wrong. The Saturday is New Year’s eve and we’ve arranged to meet up with some friends who want to come and see the farm and then on New Year’s Day my mum usually does a meal for us at her house. That just leaves the Monday and Tuesday to prep for going back to school and planning for the next year ahead.
I like to have something in the diary, even if we don’t manage to do it in the end for what ever reason. But it still makes me feel productive and able to manage our time during the festivities. I hope this gives you some inspiration too.
Much love Rebecca