Ah, December in South Africa. The sun is blazing, the braais are smoking, and the carols are blasting (even though it’s technically summer). It’s a time for family, friends, and festivities… but let’s be honest, it can also be a bit much. Between the gift-giving, the travel, and the endless rounds of mince pies, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

But fear not fellow South Africans! With some planning and clever hacks, you can emerge from December not just unscathed but positively glowing. Here are our top tips for surviving the holiday season.

Embrace the Outdoors

December is the perfect time to soak up the South African sunshine. Ditch the stuffy indoors and head outside for braais, picnics, and lazy days by the pool. Just remember to slip, slop, slap – the sun doesn’t take holidays!

Delegate and Share the Load

No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen all day while everyone else is having fun. Delegate tasks, share the cooking, and make it a team effort. Bonus points for turning it into a festive activity – think carolling while you wrap gifts or decorating the tree while you sip on eggnog.

Embrace Potlucks and Braais

No one expects you to be a domestic goddess (or god) over December. Potlucks are a brilliant way to share the food load and ensure a delicious variety. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing more South African than a good old-fashioned braai. Throw some boerewors, sosaties, and mielies on the braai, and you’re good to go.

Don’t Overcommit

It’s tempting to say yes to every invitation that comes your way, but remember, you’re not made of candy canes. Pace yourself, communicate no when necessary, and schedule some downtime. Your sanity (and your loved ones) will thank you for it.

Make it a December to Remember, not a December to Dread

The holidays are about spending time with loved ones and creating lasting memories. So, focus on the things that matter. Silly traditions, heartfelt conversations, and belly laughs that make your sides hurt. Who cares if the turkey is a little dry or the eggnog curdles? As long as you’re together, that’s all that matters.

Bonus Tip: Invest in Good Sanitary Ware

Okay, this one might seem out of place, but trust us, it’s essential! December is a time for big gatherings, which means more bathroom traffic. Avoid plumbing nightmares and invest in high-quality sanitary ware to handle extra pressure. For example, Grohe’s Euphoria Cube shower system is stylish and built to last, with features like DreamSpray technology for an even spray and EcoJoy for water-saving performance.


So, there you have it! Our top tips for surviving (and thriving) during the December holidays in South Africa. Remember, it’s not about perfection but connection, laughter, and making the most of the long, sunny days. Now go forth, spread some festive cheer, and remember to take a break now and then. You deserve it!

Happy holidays, South Africa!

We hope these tips help you make your December merry and bright.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Grohe’s range of sanitary ware – your bathroom will thank you for it!

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