26 December 2010

The Various Meanings of Boxing Day

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Yesterday our Christmas was quiet with just the four of us in the house. We had the typical excitement with Santa's goodies and presents from under the tree. A few gifts still wait at the post office because I was mistaken on the closing time on Christmas Eve. And other presents are still in transit due to the snow storms over the past few weeks. 

[image: Paper Crave]

But the truth was, it didn't matter. Fewer gifts made the kids less overwhelmed. They had time to play significantly with each new present and each other.

Christmas Eve my husband whipped up a gourmet meal (he's so good) while I made cookies with the kids for Santa. Since we've all come down with colds, we had popcorn for Christmas lunch and soup for Christmas dinner. We watched the movie 'The Santa Clause' as a family just before bed. It was a simple yet lovely day.


Today is Boxing Day in the UK, a secular holiday celebrated in many countries around the world (not in US). 

Historically employers gave bonuses and 'boxed up' leftover food to employees on this day. It was the time to give an 'Alms Box' to the poor.

It also has been the day for the Boxing Day Hunt. Fox hunting dates back to the 16th century in England. Controversially, fox hunting has been banned since 2004.

[image: Daily Mail]

Today for many, it is the busiest retail day filled with shopping and sales. Think 'Black Friday' in the US after Thanksgiving.

But to us it is another day of being together right here
(with snotty tissues in hand)

Happy Boxing Day!

Content: Wikipedia

XO Laura


JANE said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you're all still poorly, Laura. I like your comment about the girls having more time to appreciate their presents. That's something we're trying to instill in the pixies as well - it's a challenge in this age of excess. Get well soon. J x

Sarah said...

Sounds like a quiet, peaceful Christmas day. Lovely!

Boxing Day in Australia is all about cricket (but let's not talk about that after today's effort!) and yachting - with the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. And yes, shopping (for those who couldn't get enough before Christmas). Happy Boxing Day to you!

Make mine Mid-Century said...

thanks for mentioning "Black Friday". I only heard that mentioned this year and wondered what it meant.

Your Christmas (and lunch) sounds perfect ... I much yearn for underwhelmed children on Christmas day ... am slowly getting there ... quality rather than quantity, I think.

Laura said...

Glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas. My family always have a Boxing Day Family party... which I of course I miss :-(
I was shocked when I came to the States and realised that work started back on the 26th... Christmas night is not the same knowing that work starts back the next day! Today we are bracing ourselves for a Nor'Easter and so under blizzard watch! Take care. Lx

Happy Homemaker UK | Laura said...

MMMC- 'Black Friday' refers to businesses finally being 'in the black' and making a profit :)

Thank you for your well-wishes, everyone :)

laura said...

Hi there laura, my neice goes on the `hunt` every boxing day!! No foxes of course!!! we have differing views on fox hunting!! She is very much for, and I am against.. it gets a bit awkward at times!!! Anyway, hope that you had a very wonderful chrsitmas, and wishing you a fabulous new year!!
Laura c xxx

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Sorry to hear that you all have the sniffles but it sounds as if you had a very nice Christmas anyway. Interesting tidbit about Boxing Day...I always wondered what it meant.