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How to survive the Boxing Day food coma, hangover, family stress and boredom

Posted at 2:30 pm, December 26, 2013 in Fun London

After all the excitement, stress, anticipation and end of year rush, Christmas is officially over. One problem, you still have to get through Boxing Day. Between overbearing family members, that loo roll cosy your nan gave you and coping with an unusual bout of gluttony, December 26 could in fact be one of the worst days of the year. But don’t fear London, we’ve got some ideas on how to make today ‘not so bad’. Carly-Ann Clements

Dealing with food coma

Sod the season of good will, ’tis the season of over-indulgence, with Christmas Day reaching the absolute peak of stuffing your face. Between the turkey that made you sleepy, the sprouts that have made you feel rather uncomfortable, the Christmas pudding you hate but felt compelled to eat, oh and that festive evening sandwich you had while laying on the sofa, it’s more than likely that you’re feeling rather sluggish and blobular.

You have two choices: grab your oversized onesie and lounge around the house all day or get up bright and early, have a soothing peppermint tea and drag the whole family out for a walk around Hyde (replace with any other variation: Greenwich, Regents, Victoria etc) Park. Some fresh air and motion will make you feel better and get you ready for the rest of the day, not to mention it’s a chance to take five minutes away from the kitchen so you can’t keep eating leftovers.

Dealing with a hangover

But uh-oh. That Baileys = milk mindset reserved only for Christmas Day along with copious wine and brandy is giving you a fuzzy head. But what to do?

You can’t waste one of the few days you get off for free in the year. Get back on it and start the day with a mimosa chased with a bowl of cornflakes and Baileys (it’s still technically Christmas after all). Teach your nieces and nephews the beauty of the silent disco by arming them with an iPod and encouraging them to dance as much as possible in the other room so they’re really tired in the afternoon. Job done.

Dealing with the morning after clean-up

Dirty dishes, spilt red wine and the dog gnawing on that stray turkey leg you thought was thrown out. No one likes tidying up the morning after, so what to do?

Well, it has to be done, but maybe not by you. Divvy up the tasks to ‘make things easier’ – your brother on the dishes, you sister on the drying up, you dad on the surface wiping and you? Well, you made the list didn’t you? Time to put your feet up.

How to deal with your unwanted gifts

So you asked for money and received a jumper three sizes too big for you. You’ve feigned thankfulness, you’ve packed it away where it will never see the light of day again. But surely there’s something else you can do?

You don’t want to offend anyone but let’s face it, sales start today and that pre-sale purchase could actually get you a decent pair of jeans or that pair of shoes you were eyeing up for New Year’s Eve. If you weren’t given a gift receipt, be honest (kind of) and tell the gift giver that it’s the wrong size or colour or that you’re allergic to the material, head straight to Oxford Street and return the unwanted present and pick out something you really want. You never know, with the sale you might get two things for the price of one.

How to escape the family

Had enough of those questions? ‘When are you getting married?’ ‘When are you having a baby?’ ‘When are you getting a real job?’ It’s supposed to be a happy time, people! Maybe it’s time to ditch the family already. But how?

Easy: go online and book tickets to see a West End show with your partner or best friend. Hate the theatre? Then grab that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ boxset your uncle unwittingly bought you and get your nan to read it out loud. Everyone will be so embarrassed they’ll exit faster than the audience at the premiere of ‘Keith Lemon: the Film’.


All the good TV was on yesterday and you’re stuck at home flicking the channels while your sister-in-law gabs on about her recent holiday to Corfu. Basically you’re bored.

Don’t just sit in the house wasting time! Hit some of London’s galleries and museums. Everyone will be so tired, lazy and comatose at home (probably) that they’ll be pretty empty. Cram in as much culture before the end of the year so you feel good going in to 2013.

Christmas blues

And now the biggie. Everyone gets a bit sad after the anticlimax of Christmas Day. Whether it’s sadness due to your pre-holiday break up, the extra pounds you put on over the festive season, or worse, there’s always someone to help. Here’s a list of contacts to keep at hand:

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

Mind: 0300 123 3393

Sane: 0845 767 8000

We wish you all a very merry Christmas!

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