The most wonderful time of the year Karren Brady on ‘Twixmas’
Karren Brady explains why ‘Twixmas’ – the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve – is her favourite part of the holiday season
Have you heard of Twixmas? No, me neither, but I have recently learnt that it’s the name given to the days that fall between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve – you know, the ones when you’re usually o work, stu ng your face with leftover turkey and sco ng never-ending boxes of Quality Street, glued to ancient repeats on TV.
It’s the days when the hard work of Christmas is done and dusted, and you can take a deep breath and just… relax.
There’s no more present shopping, gift wrapping, Christmas-card writing, or endless entertaining and eating copious amounts of mince pies – even though you don’t really like them, but they are sitting just behind you. (Mine are quite literally behind me as, by now, they will have settled on my actual behind!) Now you’re allowed to do absolutely nothing. Relax. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
Twixmas is the time when day blends into night. When you can wear your PJS all day long. When no one stops by for a drink, and you’ll happily watch something on TV you first saw in 1982.
For me, these four charmed days will be a time of beans on toast for dinner, and endless cups of tea because I’m all wined out. It’s a time for slippers and relaxing – letting the days just wash over you after the exhaustion of Christmas, before you have to get your lippy out and squeeze into heels for New Year’s Eve.
Having days o work that are given to you in the form of holidays as opposed to the days you actually have to request and book o work somehow means you don’t feel the pressure to cram something into them – such as a holiday – or make them count. So you feel you can literally do nothing with them.
I’m looking forward to waking up in the morning and having a long bath instead of a rapid shower as I have nothing to rush to. I can go to the movies with a friend in the afternoon, without feeling immensely guilty.
I can mooch around the sales even though I don’t need anything. I can have a nap at midday just because
I want to. Oh, how I love Twixmas!
Still, the period should also be about self-reflection. It’s the perfect time to consider the year you’ve just had, while looking ahead to the future. A time to pause and be mindful of what you’re grateful for, as well as what you’d like.
As I write this, it’s 4pm. I have been up since 6am for my breakfast meeting, then dashed to do a round of interviews. In between all of this, I have met with my retail and marketing teams, and been in discussions with my head of finance. When I leave my o ce, I’ll be going to a rather dull work-dinner tonight, and the thought of Twixmas – four days of wearing PJS, no footwear, no make-up and napping – makes me blush. w&h
‘It’s a time to pause, re ect and be grateful’