The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a special time of the year. Pre-Christmas activity has faded away, and many have a few days off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This means not only is there time to enjoy and relax, but there is also time to pause and look back on the year that is coming to an end and think on what the new year may bring. Festive red is the right color for the week between holidays because it invokes not only a festive mood, but also warmth, intensity, and enjoyment.

The days “between the years” are a breather in which we find leisure for things that otherwise are all too often neglected amid our everyday commitments—more time for jokes


and enjoying good things together,


more time for your partner and family,




more time for a break on the ski slope,

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or more time to just be cozy at home on the sofa with a hot drink and your four-legged friend keeping you warm.



Photos in shades of red are a welcome touch of color in the cold and gray winter season. This is especially true during the time after Christmas, when the days are the shortest and the winter blues sometimes make many of us a bit listless and gloomy. One of the best and simplest recipes is exercise in the fresh air,


where we can fill up on the missing light. More than any other color, a strong red symbolizes the feelings of happiness that are activated by a winter walk.

It doesn’t always have to be the bright signal red that spreads a pleasant mood; red tones that go into orange convey the impression of warmth, togetherness, and security. Looking, for example, at a good whiskey in the glass, its color shade suggests it can ignite a pleasant and warming fire in the drinker’s belly.


Just one week after Christmas, it’s time to say goodbye to the old year and say hello to the new one. From time immemorial, fireworks have lit up the darkness of New Year’s Eve to drive away the evil spirits and wish us all good luck. No wonder, then, that fireworks are among the most popular photo motifs. With its many red tones, the colorful display sets an effective accent—the end of the past and the start of the future. With this in mind, we wish you all a successful end of the year and a great start to 2018!