Beating the blues on Boxing Day

Cape Town – Christmas has come and gone, and left you financially (and physically) drained, and 4kgs heavier. Bliss.

This is how to beat the blues after all the gifts have been unwrapped.

Go picnic in a park

After all that heavy eating on Christmas Day, it’s time to get out and get some fresh air. Pack your picnic with refreshing options like fruit, nuts and biltong. And opt for ice-tea rather than soft drinks. The outdoor activities will have you recovered from your Christmas hangover in no time

But where?

Cape Town
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
De Waal parkThe Company’s GardensGreen Point Park

Emmerentia Dam & Botanical Gardens
Walter Sisulu Botanical GardensZoo Lake
Rhodes Park

Umgeni River Bird Park
Mitchell Park ZooPhezulu Safari Park        

Moholoholo Forest Camp
Jan Cilliers ParkVenning Park

Port Elizabeth
St George’s Park

Go for some really cheap retail therapy

If you’re smart, you put a little cash away to spend on Boxing Day. We all know all the shops have their Big Christmas blow-outs on the day after Christmas and this is where you’ll snatch up all the bargains – and you can buy those things your hubby/wifey didn’t get you for Christmas. You know that shirt you wanted for R1000? It now costs R400 and it’s still as beautiful as ever. Wait out the Christmas rush and get everything you wanted for Christmas.


Go to the Beach

If your bank balance is R0.00 after Christmas the beach will be your hide-out for the next few days. Make sarmies with Christmas leftovers, make some ice-tea and take your favourite book along to the enjoy the South African sun and summer, guilt-free.

See: New Blue Flag beaches for summer season


Go run

Even if you don’t want to, you’ll thank yourself afterwards. It’s easy to overeat during the festive season to a point where you can’t remember when last you actually felt HUNGRY. Not peckish, hungry. Avoid that stuffed-turkey feeling by going for a jog, or run, or hike or even a marathon to get your guts going again.

Official Races happening on Boxing Day:

-          Coreen Fourie Eco-Adventure 5km 

-          Tokai Manor House 16km 

-          Hartenbos Hisense Road and MTB race 


Go traditional

Boxing Day was traditionally a day devoted to servants and employees. Employers would reward workers with a festive meal, a gift, or any other kind gesture to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. If you’re in a senior position at work, or have any people depending on you for an income, why not honour them for their devotion the traditional way?

But how?
Send a traditional “Box” with home-made goodies that your employees’ whole family can enjoy.

Sponsor your employee and their family for a fun day out (like an outdoor concert).

Sponsor your emplouee and their family for a meal at a fancy restaurant.

Go watch some cricket

Nothing says “holiday” like a 5-day international. Whether you’re watching lazily from your living room couch, or packing a picnic to enjoy at the venue for the day, this is the sport-lover’s way to celebrate Boxing Day.

Where: St George’s Park Cricket Ground, Central, Port Elizabeth

Cost: R30 – R70

Get tickets here

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