What Do You Call The Bit Between Christmas And New Year?

Let’s settle this once and for all.

It’s a strange time of year. With so much time off, you can start to feel a bit lost and directionless.

Stephen Wraysford

@w4nkor

you know between Christmas and new year when you’re just kinda lost and don’t know what to do

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Dan Hodges

@DPJHodges

We need to think of something to do with the period between Christmas and New Year. It just sits there, doing nothing.

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And the trouble is, there’s no word for this period. Which only adds to the feeling of groggy purposelessness.

This no man's week between Christmas and New Year's really needs a purpose and a name...

— Dr. Algernop Krieger (@KriegerSignals)

Dr. Algernop Krieger

@KriegerSignals

This no man’s week between Christmas and New Year’s really needs a purpose and a name…

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Not every country has this problem.

The days between Christmas Eve (when we celebrate) and New Year's Eve is called "Romjul" in Norwegian. Great word that English needs.

— Ole A. Imsen (@Weirdmage)

Ole A. Imsen

@Weirdmage

The days between Christmas Eve (when we celebrate) and New Year’s Eve is called “Romjul” in Norwegian. Great word that English needs.

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We should learn from Norway’s example and decide on a word. But what?

A quick glance at Twitter yields a few suggestions.

1.

Between Christmas and New Year - Twixtmas.

— Ed Browse (@Bacony_ghost)

Ed Browse

@Bacony_ghost

Between Christmas and New Year - Twixtmas.

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2.

The time between Christmas and New Year's Day is called the Witching Week and nothing you do in this week counts.

— a thoughtful bug (@Maltalonos)

a thoughtful bug

@Maltalonos

The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is called the Witching Week and nothing you do in this week counts.

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3.

The period between Christmas and New Year should be called Food Week.

— Bubblegum Bitch (@mumbleexD)

Bubblegum Bitch

@mumbleexD

The period between Christmas and New Year should be called Food Week.

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4.

The bit between Christmas and New Year when no one knows what day it is is called Chrimbo Limbo.

— Cavalier Platitudes (@cleansocksfox)

Cavalier Platitudes

@cleansocksfox

The bit between Christmas and New Year when no one knows what day it is is called Chrimbo Limbo.

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5.

The week between Christmas and New Year's should be called the Holiday Taint.

— Log Jam (@Sickayduh)

Log Jam

@Sickayduh

The week between Christmas and New Year’s should be called the Holiday Taint.

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6.

@Sickayduh Or just Taintmas.

— HornyLorny (@Audiocats)

HornyLorny

@Audiocats

@Sickayduh Or just Taintmas.

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However, if we’re going to be democratic about it, there’s a clear frontrunner in terms of popularity.

For those confused, the bit between Christmas and New Year is called the Perineum. That is all.

— Tim Sandford (@ConfusedTim)

Tim Sandford

@ConfusedTim

For those confused, the bit between Christmas and New Year is called the Perineum. That is all.

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My mum just described the days between Christmas and New Year as "a festive perineum".

— Nell Frizzell (@NellFrizzell)

Nell Frizzell

@NellFrizzell

My mum just described the days between Christmas and New Year as “a festive perineum”.

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I like to think of this dream-state patch between Christmas and New Year as a sort of temporal perineum.

— Jessica Fostekew (@jessicafostekew)

Jessica Fostekew

@jessicafostekew

I like to think of this dream-state patch between Christmas and New Year as a sort of temporal perineum.

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Perineum (n): In males, the region between the scrotum and the anus. See also, the time between Christmas and New Year.

— Richard James (@RichardNJames)

Richard James

@RichardNJames

Perineum (n): In males, the region between the scrotum and the anus. See also, the time between Christmas and New Year.

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@alstewitn @DPJHodges An acquaintance refers to this moment as the "Christmas perineum". Apologies if you're still eating.

— stefanstern (@stefanstern)

stefanstern

@stefanstern

@alstewitn @DPJHodges An acquaintance refers to this moment as the “Christmas perineum”. Apologies if you’re still eating.

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“Christmas Perineum” does the job, but it’s a little wordy. Is there a snappier version…?

It's that awkward bit in between Christmas and New Year. Merryneum, if you like.

— Phil Sawyer (@fatboyfat)

Phil Sawyer

@fatboyfat

It’s that awkward bit in between Christmas and New Year. Merryneum, if you like.

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Bingo. It’s settled, then. Happy Merryneum, everyone!

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Luke Lewis is BuzzFeed's Head of European Growth and is based in London.
 
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