Boxing Day for us means a day filled full of fun, laughter, junk food, a buffet tea, Christmas films and family – either us visiting relatives or them visiting us. This year our family are coming to us and we can’t wait.
If you’re stuck for plans here are some of the things we’ve done in the past and may partake in this year.
They say it’s not the presents that are important at Christmas but the presence and that is so true. Something our family know only too well as for many years we have missed spending Christmas together due to work commitments. This year we are all together and we can’t wait. Make sure to take plenty of photos, laugh lots and above all have fun together.
If you’re looking for an instant camera to capture all the festive fun a Polaroid Snap would be the perfect Boxing Day accessory. Its built-in printer lets you share on the spot with high-quality, full-colour photos on adhesive-backed paper and you can choose to print right away or later. The camera takes an SD card up to 128GB and you can continue snapping away whilst the camera is printing and also continue capturing moments even when you have run out of paper.
After lunch we play board games – usually Monopoly but it has been known in the past for people to fall out so if we can we avoid playing it although this year we have the Cheater’s Edition to play so maybe we might have a game where no one (or everyone) falls out. If you’re looking for games to play together why not consider…
Put your knowledge of the world’s most famous Records to the test and challenge your opponents to demonstrate some nifty record-breaking skills using everyday household items! Players compete to answer some of the 600 Guinness World Record question cards, but the real fun comes with completing the challenges… breaking your opponents’ records. Skills involve spoon balancing, wearing the most pairs of socks, flipping a bottle of water and many more! Cross the finish line with 3 challenge cards in your possession to be the winner!
The new scratch & sniff party game that totally stinks! Guess the scent on the card correctly to win or you could be suffering the reeking ramifications of one of the deadly Stank Cards. This new party game is designed to put your sense of smell to the test against friends and family, roommates and work besties – challenging those brave enough to correctly guess scents ranging from roses to rotting garbage…and worse. The winner (aka “Nose-it-All”) gets to pick a player of their choice to suffer the Whiff of Shame: three big whiffs of one of the four outrageously pungent Stank Cards: Extra Old Toe Cheese, Diaper Blowout, Hot Chunky Vomit and Smothered in B.O.! What’s That Smell? includes 48 Mystery Whiff Cards, four Stank Cards and scent-barrier bags, six cardholders, a sheet of Whiff Strips, scorepad and instructions for 2-6 players ages 14+.
An addictive 3D maze puzzle that contains 138 numbered stages of spirals, drops, swinging arms, flips and slides. It is sure to provide you with hours of entertainment, exhilaration, frustration and elation until you finally complete it! The aim is simply to get the ball from the start of the maze to the finish without it falling off the maze! The start of the maze is simple enough, but it lulls you into a false sense of security as the ball suddenly starts tumbling down stairs and slides and you even need to negotiate a bizarre swing! Suitable for ages 6 and over.
Why not complete a jigsaw together over the festive period. Let’s Visit Santa is a wonderfully detailed and colourful puzzle that captures the magic of Christmas. A Limited Edition puzzle designed and developed by Ravensburger. It contains 1000 pieces.
Watch TV and DVD’s
Boxing Day is a day of rest for me, sitting down with the rest of the family to watch family films and DVDs. Have you seen the TV listings this year? if not you should as there are so many great films on over the festive period. If festive films aren’t your thing why not watch a DVD box set. The BBC Store has lots to choose from this festive season including:
- Attenborough The Life Collection – This box set contains all of David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ series – among the greatest and most beautiful nature documentaries ever made. The set contains 24 discs and would be perfect for nature lovers both young and old. The set includes:
- Life on Earth – A chronological account of the flora and fauna of planet Earth over a period of 3,500 million years.
- The Living Planet – A 12-part documentary that spanned the globe with portraits of each of the major geographical regions that offer a home to
- Trials of Life – Examines animal behaviour in all its infinite variety and in doing so we are allowed to witness some of the most enchanting animal personalities, as well as some of the most fearsome.
- Life in the Freezer – R
evealsincomparable standards of natural history filming to trace Antarctica’s seasonal cycle from the long winter months when the formation of ice almost doubles its surface area, to the brief summer when the race to breed really heats up.
- The Private Life of Plants – An in-depth look through each aspect of plants’ lives travelling, growing, flowering, their struggle with other plants and animals, and the ingenious way they adapt to even the harshest of conditions.
- The Life of Birds – A fascinating and exciting view of the world of birds, the largest animal group on earth, in a series of ten fifty-minute episodes.
- The Life of Mammals – A look at why mammals are the most successful creatures on the planet.
- Life in the Undergrowth – A look at all the small creatures from bugs, beetles and creepy-crawlies to scorpions and centipedes, mites and mantids, spiders and dragonflies.
Only Fools and Horses Complete Collection – Includes 26 discs featuring all 7 Series, 15 Christmas specials and “The Story of Only Fools and Horses’ – a behind the scenes special DVD from 2002. Perfect to enjoy with all the family.
- The first ever episode of Only Fools and Horses was broadcast in September 1981. Over seven series and fifteen specials, Del, Rodders and the gang have given us so many precious moments – the chandelier incident, the yuppy bar fall, the Batman and Robin chase – but it is the characters, the storylines and the great scripts that have earned Only Fools and Horses the enduring love of the public. Every “lovely jubbly”, every exhaust-smoking trip of the Reliant Robin and every tear-filled twist kept millions of viewers glued. And they are all here – in the complete story of the Trotters of Nelson Mandela House: from the very first scam to the final ‘bonjour’.
Why not break out the crafting kits and make something together this Boxing Day. You can make it as messy or as mess free as you like. Paint pictures, colour using Stabilo pens and pencils or maybe teach a younger relative to sew, knit or crochet if they have an interest in your hobby.
Spend quality time reading by yourself or together. My Three used to love when we read books together that they had been given for Christmas. This year I have a stack of festively-themed novels to read and the boys will no doubt have the same too. If you’re looking for books that can be enjoyed together take a look what Carlton Books have to offer as they have something for everyone including Minecraft, Roblox and Fortnite guides, augmented reality books, story books, colouring books, fact books and biographies. There is certainly something for everyone.
If you prefer to venture out to the Boxing Day Sales make sure you are well prepared as the queues will be horrendous. Sometimes it’s a good idea to get there early before the shops open (4 am Next anyone? – not me I’ll be tucked up in bed) or not long before they close so that you avoid the masses. However you choose to sale shop this year make sure to check their opening times before you leave home as most if not all open later and close earlier over the festive period especially Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Some shops don’t open at all on these days and it would be a shame for you to have had a wasted journey.
What are your plans for Boxing Day?
*We were sent the mentioned products for the purpose of this piece – all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*