The waistband is a little tighter, pieces of wrapping paper are still peppered all over the house and there is an overwhelming abundance of football on offer.
While the majority of Europe gives its players a hard-earned break, matches on the second day – and the myriad of matches filled on both sides – have long been part of the English football calendar and extend long before the start of the Premier League.
Some managers may spend the congested festive match list lamenting the crazy thing about it all, but it’s clearly popular with fans – as evidenced by thousands defying the elements, armed with turkey sandwiches, to cheer on their side every year.
Here are the goal scorers who have benefited the most from the matches on the second day of Christmas.
Yes Frank, two of your five Premier League goals on the second day came in a West Ham shirt, well done / Alex Livesey / Getty Images
PL clubs on Monday: West Ham, Chelsea, Man City
Halfway through his debut campaign as a Chelsea player, Frank Lampard had not really established himself as the archetypal goal-scoring midfielder he would end his career as.
Lampard was actually goalless in his first 16 Premier League matches until he found the net on either side of Christmas Day 2001. The rest is history.
Gerrard also has three Premier League assists at Boxing Day / Justin Setterfield / GettyImages
PL clubs on Monday: Liverpool
Steven Gerrard not only gives a productive advantage to a day that many spend stumbling from the couch to the kitchen and back again, but the Liverpool icon can also boast a consequence when it comes to the second day of Christmas – only two players in the history of the competition have in more matches the 26th.
Three of Andrew Cole’s goals on Christmas Day came while he was at Manchester United / Gary M. Prior / Getty Images
PL clubs on Monday: Newcastle, Man Utd, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City, Portsmouth
Andrew Cole was almost as productive in front of goal as he was on moving clubs. No player has played for more different Premier League teams on the second day than the nomadic former England striker with six.
PHOTO “Keep calm and pass me the ball” The message on Dimitar Berbatov’s t-shirt after he scored against the Saints: pic.twitter.com/vBuQrCN8
– Premier League (@premierleague) December 26, 2012
PL clubs on Monday: Spurs, Man Utd, Fulham
Dimitar Berbatov’s hat-trick for Manchester United against Wigan in 2011 may be his most goal-oriented outing on the second day of Christmas, but the Bulgarian striker undoubtedly did a better year later.
After opening the scoring for Fulham against Southampton, Berbatov took off his shirt to reveal one of the more memorable undershirt messages, which read: “Keep calm and give me the ball.”
However, seven words that briefly summarize Berbatov’s attitude to team sports did not quite match that day, as Southampton made a late equalizer.
Jermaine Defoe Enjoyed Mixed Wealth On The Second Day Of Christmas / Michael Regan / Getty Images
PL clubs on Monday: West Ham, Spurs, Portsmouth, Bournemouth
It is fair to say that Jermaine Defoe may have mixed feelings ahead of a second day trip to Villa Park.
After being sent off for Spurs against Aston Villa in 2010, Defoe returned two years later to score his sixth and final Boxing Day goal.
? Second day of July 2000? Arsenal 6-1 Leicester? @thierryhenry’s first hat trick
“Thierry was one of the best players I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen some good ones.” – Arsène Wenger pic.twitter.com/74MqsFqlYs
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 26, 2018
PL clubs on Monday: Arsenal
Thierry Henry has been in unplayable form in more matches than most during the Premier League era, but the second day of 2000 against Leicester City was a special highlight.
Not only did he score a hat-trick, but Henry put on two assists in a thumping 6-1 victory. No player has ever had more goals, and no team has ever had a bigger margin of victory on the second day of Christmas in the Premier League.
Alan Shearer scored half of his goals on the second day for Blackburn and half for Newcastle / Stu Forster / Getty Images
PL clubs on Monday: Blackburn, Newcastle
For consecutive years in the mid-1990s, the Premier League had its own sequence of X-Files-like Christmas-themed events.
On the second day of 1994 and 1995, Blackburn met Manchester City. On each occasion, Rovers were the winners, each time by a margin of two goals and in both matches Alan Shearer scored the opening goal.
Ok, it might be a little hard to classify these completely feasible coincidences as paranormal phenomena, but there is no doubt that Shearer’s goal record at any time of the year was extraterrestrial.
? CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS IN BOXING DAY:
In our last match we go back to 1999 – Gary McAllister, Mustapha Hadji and Robbie Keane score in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal. #PUSB pic.twitter.com/zvt9Z1bTGO
– Coventry City (@Coventry_City) December 26, 2019
PL clubs on Monday: Coventry, Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool
Robbie Keane’s first, and arguably most impressive, Boxing Day goal in the Premier League came in a surprising 3-2 victory for Coventry City over Arsenal as early as 1999, when the fear of global pandemics was the strict property of conspiracy theorists.
Despite that, Gary McAllister opened the scoring that match and he is still the only player born on Christmas Day who has found the net on the second day of Christmas.
Harry Kane ❤️ Annandag jul
The Spurs skipper equalizes with his 8th goal in his 5th BD match # PLonPrime #TOTBHA pic.twitter.com/lVFfhjuDGf
– Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 26, 2019
PL clubs on Monday: Spurs
If August was once considered a tree season for Harry Kane, he is usually warmed up for Christmas.
Impressively, Tottenham’s talisman has scored in all five Premier League Boxing Day matches he has played in. Even in 2016/17, when Tottenham’s match with Southampton was held back to December 28, Kane still found the net.
PL clubs on Monday: Liverpool, Leeds, Man City
While there are probably not many outside the match that can offer too much sympathy to football players who miss most Christmas festivities in preparation for the second day of the match, there must be a little more compassion for those players who have an away trip of the 26th.
However, Robbie Fowler never seemed to mind the trip. Seven of his nine Boxing Day goals came away, more than twice as high as the second highest for this particularly niche fact.
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