“Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” South Africa goes into holiday mode in December. It is the traditional time of the year to spend quality time with your family. While there are formal outings and events aplenty, you do not need to blow your cash to make the most of this festive time.

Fun and Frugal

> Have a picnic.

> Draw on the pavement or porch/veranda/deck with chalk and then play hopscotch.

> Stargaze from your garden.

> Play Charades.

> Splash in puddles.

> Toast marshmallows.

> Fly a kite.

> Visit a local farm or museum.

> Make a gift for a neighbour.

> Bake biscuits for the emergency personnel who work over the public holidays.

> Design a family flag.

> Create sock puppets.

> Look for shapes in the clouds.

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