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

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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’

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