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How to survive ‘crimbo limbo’ with your family

Dec. 26, 2020
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On December 26 after the presents are opened, you're finishing up the leftovers and the children have already played with their new toys -- "crimbo limbo" can set in.

This usually refers to the days between Christmas and New Year when you start to get itchy feet but still have a few days before New Year's Eve. For those with school-aged children, crimbo limbo can be a challenge.

Here are a few things to do to during that week to keep everyone entertained.

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Start planning a new trip

One of the best ways to get out of a bad mood is to start planning your 2021 trips. If you are subject to a strict school calendar, you can book great fares for next October half term in the current New Years' sales.

Plan your points and miles strategy for 2021

Are you going to commit to one alliance for status this year? Is 2021 your year to fly business class as a family for the first time? Do you have an idea of where you are going to transfer your American Express Membership Rewards? 2021 could be the year that your family stops hoarding points.

(Photo by Peter Muller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Peter Muller/Getty Images)

Read more: How to plan a family holiday on points and miles

Experience some culture

Museums normally operate in the period between Christmas and New Year. Though make sure to check opening times as some may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The National History Museum. (Photo by fazon1/Getty Images)

Start your resolutions early

Kitchen seller Wren Kitchens did a study that found that the average Briton, for example, consumes 6,000 calories on Christmas Day alone. So rather than waiting until January 1, start moving your body now. Get your family out to the parks.

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Go back to work

This year, there are four working days between Christmas and New Year. While that may give you a splendid amount of time with your family, for some, work could feel like more of a holiday than being at home. Arrange some playdates for the kids and take a break back at your desk.

Many workplaces are mostly deserted during crimbo limbo and people often work shorter days. Some people swear by working the week between Christmas and New Year with unofficial reduced hours to save their precious days for a more extended summer vacation.

YouTube binge-watching

You could always cozy up with your family in pajamas on the sofa with leftovers and turn them into AvGeeks by binge-watching the TPG U.K. Youtube channel.

Read more: Watch TPG U.K. review all four classes on Singapore Airlines’ A380

Bottom line

There are plenty of things to do between Christmas and New Year rather than arguing with your family or letting the kids drive you crazy. Do some planning, get out and about and remember, it's the season of goodwill!

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    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

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  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more