Whether you have one day off or two weeks, we all look forward to having a little time off over the festive season if we can.

Those ‘3 days’ between Christmas and New Year are commonly spent in a glorious festive haze. Not knowing what day it is, or how much cheese we’ve actually consumed, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some guilt-free relaxation. To switch off from an undoubtedly busy year and spend time with family or friends we may not have seen for a while. Whether you are at home or staying away, the Christmas bubble is something I always look forward to. 

From watching Christmas films, to making turkey sandwiches or bubble and squeak, to squeezing in just a few more Roses, playing just one more board game or doing a little Boxing day Sale shopping, it’s a time with little expectation.

Most years, a good Christmas walk tends to be in the diary for us, perhaps a trip to the beach if we can manage it and re-watching some of our favourite festive films. While I’m all for staying home during this time, it does feel good to get out and about. It’s all too easy to hunker down and hibernate for the duration of Christmas, but the shock when you do return to work seems greater as a result – or perhaps that’s a sign you’ve really switched off.

For many, there will be a few family traditions floating around at this time of year too. Some may have a quieter Christmas in preparation for a busy New Year, or vice versa. Perhaps you’re going away for part or for whole of the period or have made the decision to stay at home and keep it low-key.

However you’re spending your Christmas this year, and however long you’ll have off from work, I hope it’s a truly happy and healthy one.

Merry Christmas!

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