What do you do boxing day?

(51 Posts)
BankerMommy2010 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:05:31

Boxing day is always a bit boring in my opinion....just wondering how you spend yours? Inspire me!

Christmas the revenge

A lovely reheated roast dinner. Book reading, film watching


leesmum Mon 16-Sep-13 18:12:07

Boxing day is about NOT getting dressed till at least 2pm then Turkey, chips and mushy peas for tea....more wine and then out in the evening to visit family and friends and have more wine and chocolate!

Get up early, pack and drive 100 miles to visit ILs. sad. Love them to bits, but hate this tradition and for a complex web of reasons there is no getting out of it. Would love to stay at home and go the next day.

thestringcheesemassacre Mon 16-Sep-13 18:16:38

Lay about eating and visting inlaws usually.

Christmas Day is spent with just us. Boxing Day is family get together, board games, dads gnts, Christmas cake, port n Stilton.....

Beccadugs Mon 16-Sep-13 18:20:18

My parents have all extended family (and usually some randoms) for amazing buffet lunch (food even better than Christmas!) lots of nice people to talk to! It's the best bit!!

(Especially this year as we're doing Christmas at ours for the ILs.)

Amandine29 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:24:04

A long walk with the dog in the morning then we spend the afternoon celebrating Christmas all over again, often with extended family.

BankerMommy2010 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:28:31

My ILs aren't very sociable. We see (my side) family xmas day...

Hulababy Mon 16-Sep-13 18:32:00

My parents and PILs come over. If they are around my brother, my sister and her DH (and now baby) or DH's brother/SIL and nieces come too.
They show up around 1-2pm and stay all afternoon/evening. We eat and drink, maybe go for a walk, etc.
We spend Christmas Day just the three of us (through choice) so Boxing Day is our family day.

TurnOffTheTv Mon 16-Sep-13 18:33:38

I love Boxing Day! Huge family party at my parents house, fizz, buffet, stupid party games. Lots of local family popping in for an hour.

cathpip Mon 16-Sep-13 18:36:57

We either go to Fountains Abbey (national trust place) or into the dales for a walk and then a pub early evening meal. And if it rains a rerun of Xmas day. Mind you I do think we are going to the panto on Boxing Day this year, must check that!

TheRunawayTrain Mon 16-Sep-13 18:37:50

Wake up and celebrate that I have survived Christmas.

Older DC/nieces/nephews who can cook make Boxing Day lunch (as there's 4 of an old enough age, this isn't slavery...) and get a takeaway for a late later supper after visiting places or going to the beach or whatever. Just relaxing,

Sweet F.A grin we play with toys and games, lounge around, munch and go to the shop if needed smile

My mum used to force the Christmas period to be perfect and it never was, as an adult I've always kept it casual - we all enjoy it I think a lot more than we would if we had relations visiting/expecting us to etc.

fuzzpig Mon 16-Sep-13 21:33:00

Last year we had my parents visit (it was actually a last minute thing) and just mooches around. This year my parents are coming for the 25th instead so I guess we will probably just be the four of us.

Either way, it's just mooching, eating what remains of the yummy food (leftover turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo in a baguette - food of the gods I tell you! I actually look forward to it more than the Xmas dinner itself... I may get a bit Ross Geller over 'My Sandwich' grin), carrying on playing with whatever games and toys arrived, watching DVDs we got as presents etc.

fuzzpig Mon 16-Sep-13 21:34:42

A couple of times I have actually gone to the sales (not massively, just boots when DH worked there and got a discount, and upstairs in tesco if we were there for food) but it's not something I plan into the day and probably won't do it again.

elQuintoConyo Tue 17-Sep-13 08:35:42

Jimjams for hours, light lunch, walk on beach, enjoy new toys, read new books, watch new films. Maybe invite ILs round this year for dinner (fil, sil and bil) which would be a heavier meal than lunch. Possibly a boardgame or play some cards.

Oh, also skype in the morning with Australia and UK families, if we hadn't done it Christmas day.

curiousgeorgie Tue 17-Sep-13 08:50:33

Horse racing!! Love Boxing Day!

Cravey Tue 17-Sep-13 11:30:56

Boxing Day is my dbil birthday. He has no family apart from us so we tend to have a day of watching horse racing, then back to ours for part time.

CMOTDibbler Tue 17-Sep-13 11:38:00

Boxing day is grim. MIL loves to have all the family round for a big meal. This was ok when dhs brothers had children all the same age and we didn't have any (so could kill the horror with wine).
Now the other children are all 17+ and we have a 7 year old. No one wants to play with him and they want to watch 15+ films etc.
And MILs food is grim - grey veg and recooked meat.

They won't change either.

That's exactly the scenario we have CMOT, except the teens just sit around fiddling with their phones. Food is grim. It's also the fact that it's too far to go for the day so we have to pack up and stay for a couple of days too, would be a lot easier if it was nearer.

CMOTDibbler Tue 17-Sep-13 12:15:39

Ours do that too WhoKnows. Previously, dh and I had to go and stay for days and that was awful.
What really grates is that dh and I did a lot of entertaining of the children when there were 5 of them under 5, but when our ds arrived everyone had run out of enthusiasm for children, and apparently any thought about what was appropriate.

We tried suggesting moving dinner to someone elses house or having a buffet, but no, we have to be there by 11, eat at 2 and finish eating at 5. Oh, and everyone else bogs off to the pub between 12 and 1 leaving me and ds in the house as the pub isn't child friendly.

Homemade curry (NOT TURKEY grin) & all the family down for a get together, which we don't do on Christmas Day for various reasons.

Wibblytummy Tue 17-Sep-13 13:38:50

Usually a massive 'lazy' extension of Christmas for us. We often meet up with my brother, SIL and kids. We operate a strict lounge wear/pajamas rule (I've been known to turn up in fluffy new dressing gown one year!). Spend the day eating chocolate and sweets, exchanging more presents. Lunch is usually lovely roast turkey, stuffing, etc from Christmas day with some easy bake at home baguettes. Play some of the board games that the kids received that year. Then dinner once the kids are all asleep is a massive platter of cheese, biscuits, nibbles and lots of champagne/wine. I love it nearly as much as I do Christmas Day.

meandtheboys Tue 17-Sep-13 14:27:17

I always find boxing day a bit depressing to be honest. The house is always a bomb site after Christmas, toys and boxes everywhere. We usually don't get dressed until midday. I imagine it'll be DS1 charging around the house with his new toys, getting annoyed with DS2 for getting in the way or daring to touch his new toys. Poor DS2 will probably follow his beloved big brother around dotingly. grin

Actually I need to plan something for us to do in the day. DS1 is now 6 so at quite a nice age for playing board games, reading etc. Disney DVDs usually come out on Boxing day. DS2 will be 2 the day before Christmas Eve so it's a special time for him and hopefully he'll be happy enough with his presents so may not harass DS1 quite so much! We'll probably all go for a plod around the woods with the dog at some point. Then in the evening we all trek up the hill to visit MIL who is lovely and that will be something nice for the boys. They love their Nanna and will be excited to show her a few of their new toys.

BlackMogul Tue 17-Sep-13 15:06:35

We always go to the racing at Kempton Park. Great atmosphere and gets us out of the house . Would go racing anywhere in the country to be honest as we love it. Would do a country walk if not racing as feel a very strong need to get out of the house and blow the cobwebs away!

spottymoo Tue 17-Sep-13 17:12:50

Doing as little as possible
We get dss at 3.30 Christmas Day and then go on to ils for Christmas dinner drive 40 miles home before midnight if we're lucky.

So Boxing Day is our day of doing nothing the kids gets to chill with their presents we eat what we want when we want. Love it and wouldn't change it for the world grin

curiousgeorgie Tue 17-Sep-13 17:25:53

BlackMogul - we love horse racing too, Boxing Day racing is my favourite all year! grin

BlackMogul Tue 17-Sep-13 17:32:19

When I have done so much work for Christmas Day it is my absolute treat to go out! My Spring treat is Cheltenham!!!!!!

flatmum Tue 17-Sep-13 17:34:41

doing as little as possible

Longdistance Tue 17-Sep-13 17:37:55

Fried eggs and chips. Been our family tradition for years. Get fed up with roast dinner, and we never make mountains to last til New Year.

MrsBennetsEldest Tue 17-Sep-13 17:38:31

We do nothing more than relax. We try to remain horizontal for most of the day. I love it, cold cuts, fridge full of food, lots of wine. Perfect.

Awks Tue 17-Sep-13 19:45:42

Boxing Day here is Ladies Day (coastal fishing tradition) so it is akin to Geordie Shore for the over thirties crossed with Police, Camera Action. It feels like the whole of the female population is pissed and out in the streets, kissing policemen who look terrified

OctoberMoon Tue 17-Sep-13 19:54:13

I have some close family come to mine on boxing day, i serve mulled wine, bucks fizz, turkey/stuffing/cranberry/mayo sandwiches, a few m&s picky bits and a big dessert. Everyone came in their pj's last year, we watched vicar of dibley with the fire roaring & my c

OctoberMoon Tue 17-Sep-13 19:55:03

Posted too soon!

My cinnamon yankee candle lit. It was fabulous. We'll be doing the same this year.

BeaLola Tue 17-Sep-13 20:43:59

Pretty much like Christmas Day only without the presents. Parents and inlaw stayover And leave late boxing day.
DH does lovely Buffet lunch and we have lots of fizz and watch a festive film.

starwish Tue 17-Sep-13 20:52:17

Sales in the morning then usually roll up at the in laws after lunch/ early afternoon and stay until late evening, sil and family arrive late afternoon early evening. mil and fil put on buffet style food and then we play games.

MadeOfStarDust Wed 18-Sep-13 12:05:36

go to work..... sad

do no other MNetters actually work in retail?

Lots of family for Christmas part 2, then getting the ferry to France for a week's holiday grin

DP goes out with his mates for a few hours in the afternoon he always has, before DS I used to join him at tea time and have the night out together now I just enjoy it, so DP goes for a few hours I watch a film and eat crap with DS then DP comes home and plays with DS while I get a nice bath, we get DS to bed and have a curry. It's perfect for us

AmberDextrous Wed 18-Sep-13 19:38:03

Go to the races! Great day out every year grin

Bosgrove Wed 18-Sep-13 21:24:53

If we are in London for Christmas (we alternate the Grandparenst for Christmas) we have a morning walk in Epping Forest with the family then back to my parents for cold turkey, chips and peas.

This year we are going to drive up the In Laws very late on Boxing Day so we can spend the 27th with them.

If we are in the Peak District for Christmas, we normally get up very early to drive back to London so DH can go to the Emirates Stadium and the children and I can spend the day with my parents.

StuntGirl Thu 19-Sep-13 10:25:31

I work too stardust sad

MadeOfStarDust Thu 19-Sep-13 10:35:35

<we need a wave emoticon> boxing day is the worst...

I've worked Christmas day in other jobs (Coastguard/restaurant/care home - eclectic!) and it has been a bit of a pain - but you get a sort of camaraderie, lets get on with it spirit going on....

Boxing day retail - everybody seems grumpy or just wanting to spend money and get served and get out..... to spend the rest of their day all cosy and nice ....

StuntGirl Thu 19-Sep-13 10:57:52

I tell you what though, as much as I hate Boxing Day I find the 27th to be worse...I dunno why, I think people are just well and truly out of Christmas spirit by then!

bananananacoconuts Thu 19-Sep-13 11:12:00

Dare i be so controversial and say up at 4am for the sales! Home by 10 then off to the races with the biggest hamper of leftovers possible!

MERLYPUSS Thu 19-Sep-13 11:13:18

We all congregate at my dads. Have cold meat and salad and unwrap his presents. Usually play daft games that were bought for my DS (5ys)

We have a long lie (so lucky our toddler likes her sleep!). We go to the local pub/restaurant for brunch with friends then a walk along the beach.

We have cooked ham, cheese, crackers, chutney and fruit for tea with vintage port and board games. Sometimes it is just us and sometimes friends pop in.

SkylerRose Fri 20-Sep-13 01:01:06

I have to work..... Always so bloody busy in the cafe I work in too hmm

Amy106 Fri 20-Sep-13 01:14:01

We go to the in laws for the day which is lots more fun than it sounds! smile

MirandaWest Fri 20-Sep-13 01:19:04

Drive 150 ish miles to my mum and dads house and stay there a couple of days, then onto a friend near there (where we used to live) and then over to xpils to take DC there and XH joins them there. Then I drive back up here and mark exam papers.

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