Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house was a feeling of letdown, from the kids to the spouse. Do you have a case of the post-holiday blues? Let's face it; sometimes the best part of the Christmas season is the anticipation that leads up to it. After weeks of looking forward to the big event, it can be a bit of downer to face the morning after. Do not despair, because the week following Christmas can still be filled with tons of holiday fun. In fact, why not make this the best week of the year?
Go Shopping! The day after Christmas is a traditional time for sales; everyone knows this. Post Christmas shopping crowds can be just as bad as the masses before the holiday, but if you are brave, the deals are out there for the taking. In particular, now is the perfect time to snag a deal on those Christmas d?r items you want for next year, as well as stock up on wrapping paper and other holiday supplies.
Return the Stuff You Don't Want. It may be tempting to wait, but most retailers are prepared for an onslaught of returns the day after Christmas, so returning unwanted gifts the day after Christmas may not be as bad as you think, in fact, it may even be surprisingly easy. If you have the original sales slip or a gift receipt, by all means, bring it to speed up the process. If you just want to exchange your item for something else, make sure you understand the store's procedure for processing the swap before waiting in a long line.
Winter Vacation Fun! Most kids are out of school; some adults have a few extra days off work during the week between Christmas and New Years. Take advantage of this time off now that the Christmas stress is behind you. Whether it be enjoying a day playing in the snow or hitting the slopes, wintertime brings its own brand of fun, so take advantage.
Catch Up On Your Sleep! Maybe you are just exhausted from all the holiday fun. If that's the case, there is no time like the present to plant yourself on the couch and just stay there--for as long as possible. Binge watch that TV series you've wanted to see or check out a non-Christmas movie. (Or twoUr threeu
Blockbuster Movies! Speaking of movies, during the Christmas season, theaters are jam-packed with blockbusters that moviemakers have been timing for a purposeful holiday season release. Get out of the cold and snuggle up with a large bowl of movie theater popcorn and enjoy! Our top movie picks for this winter break:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18)
Moana (November 23)
Passengers (December 21)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie (December 18)
Assassin's Creed (December 21)
Visit a Holiday-Themed Attraction! Most holiday attractions and light displays stay open the entire week between Christmas and New Years. Even going to the zoo or an amusement park during the holiday season is an entirely different experience. Many venues are aglow with spectacular lights and d?r. Don't think you've missed out on the fun because Christmas has passed--make your plans and get there before New Years!
Make Your Plans for New Years! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in Christmas that we almost entirely overlook the New Year's holiday. Start planning now for what could arguably be the best party of the year!
Christmas of 2016 is now in the books, but the fun is far from over. Make the most of the special days between Christmas and New Year's and close out this fantastic year with a bang!