The post Christmas boredom can cause hysterical spending on the credit card in the January sales but there are plenty of gigs locally to keep you entertained and away from the shops.
Everyone is off work - well nearly everyone, feel some pity for the Falkirk Herald staff - and willing to party.
If you fancy catching some live music in the holidays that doesn’t feature Bing Crosby songs or gap-toothed eight-year-olds you don’t have to venture much further than your doorstep.
On Boxing Day the International Pop Assassins will play Behind the Wall, showcasing the songs from their latest album ‘Revolution Tonight’.
Falkirk-based pop act Echofela are supporting the boys from concrete city The Dykeenies at 20 Rocks on December 29.
All the tickets have gone but there should be a select few available on the door on the night if you are prepared to hang about.
The same night Davey Horne and the Golden Pipes are playing at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow if you fancy a train ride.
The folky soul man teams up with the powerful vocals of Margret Dignan as the band prepare to release their debut EP. Catch them before they hit the big time - their tune ‘From One Endangered Species to Another’ was just picked as a track of the year with BBC Radio One. Denny band Bunga Party are supporting so get down early to catch the electronic funksters first.
Again on December 29 renowned covers band Big Tuna will play Behind the Wall and have the upstairs area bouncing with their rock anthems including tunes from the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top as well as modern rock indie acts such as the Arctic Monkeys and the Killers.
Over in Northstar on December 29, Electric Alice will take to the stage as part of a band night. The punk rockers like it loud, fast and energetic and have more stamina that a Duracell bunny with ADHD.
The following night The Ray Summers will play 20 Rocks, their first local gig this year.
The Falkirk band have been taking a back seat after releasing their debut album earlier this year with all the members working on new projects but they are dusting off fan favourites such as ‘The Shepherd’ and ‘Lord Forgive Me’ for a one off set. Tickets cost £7 and are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk or in the Princes Street pub.
With so much on, there is no excuse for watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on the telly for the millionth time.