26 December 2011

Boxing Day

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Today is Boxing Day in the UK, 
a secular holiday celebrated in many countries worldwide 
{not in the US}

Historically employers gave bonuses and 'boxed up' leftover food to employees on this day
It was a 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

It is also another day of a Tube strike

As much as I love Christmas,
it is a bit too messy for me around the house
So I am trying to convince the kids 'Boxing Day'
means putting Christmas decorations away into boxes :)

Clever, no?
{ they aren't buying it }

It is also a family day of relaxing by the fire

Happy Boxing Day!

P.S. Next Post Of The Month Club will be January 31st :)

Content: Wikipedia
Photo by me


Jane said...

I was waiting for your take on this one, Laura! We have enjoyed Boxing Day in our customary Australian fashion - watching the Boxing Day Cricket Test in Melbourne between Australia and India and the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race. All as it should be! J x

Country Nanny said...

Here in Italy, today we celebrate Saint Stephen. We use to stay at home with parents and relatives and have another big big lunch...we love eating :)
Have a nice day!

eileeninmd said...

Cool photo! Happy Boxing Day!

a happy little life said...

Celebrating Boxing Day here in Finland too. Limited food stores are opened and for only a short time today although the shelves are quite bare.
I tried your approach and just yelled out that today was a day to box up Christmas stuff... they rolled their eyes at me. Fail.
Have a great day! :)
XOX Tracie

Pom Pom said...

I always learn so much here. I DID think it meant boxing up all the Christmas stuff around the house.
Fox hunting! That reminds me of Mary Poppins!
I hope your Christmas was fantastic.

flwrjane said...

A hand for attention from America....boxing day my favorite day of the year!

Florists have put down their knives, friends and family have been served a splendid Christmas dinner, the work is done!

Today is sleeping over in, eating leftovers and lazing about!

xo Jane

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for explaining the meaning of Boxing Day. did not realize fox hunting had been made illegal.

Cuisine de Provence said...

Here in Provence things are back to normal, shops are open, Boxing Day is not a holiday. But we are cheating....in front of the chimney....

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I wish we had this tradition here...the day after Christmas seems to be such a blah day...this would add to the festivities.

Sallyford said...

I miss Boxing day! My husband is back at work since it's not celebrated in the US. :( I'm counting down the hours until he comes home. Hope you had a great Christmas, Sally xx

wayside wanderer said...

I like your clever take on the day! What a beautiful fireplace!!! I hope you enjoy your day to the fullest. =)

HolleyGarden said...

Thanks for the explanation. For some reason, I thought it had to do with boxing (the sport - think Muhammad Ali). :)

Desire Empire said...

Thanks so much for explaining boxing day's meaning I never knew that.

I thought it had something to do with the sport of boxing.

barefoot mama said...

Shopping..and more shopping.....blah:)) I like your boxing up Christmas decor idea!!! I LOVE Christmas but my house is feeling very messy and cluttered at the moment and those are not my favorite things:)) My hubby took the day off to work on our wood stove. We have the hearth built and the stove is in place, now it's up through the roof we go so that we can have some relaxing moments by our own fire...YAY!!

Erin S. said...

We were just talking about the meaning of Boxing Day around our house. I know what you mean about feeling like Christmas exploded all over your house. We're working on that, too :).

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Thank you for visiting my site and for following. I am thrilled to have found yours which reminds me a lot of when I used to live in London - Boxing Day, mulled wine and so on. I look forward to reading more. FOllowing you, too!

Felicity said...

As ever you've given me fresh insight into a popular custom.
Hilariously my understanding was that Boxing Day 'was' all about boxing up all the goodies and mess left over from Christmas - obviously my Mother was more successful in her cleaning scam than it seems you may be with your kiddies.

Like Jane in the first comment, we spent the day with my family in the pool and watching the cricket, today is also a big rest day in our home.

Biggest of happy hugs,
Felicity x

Iota said...

I think it's a shame that the shops are open on Boxing Day. I know it makes me sound old, but "in the good old days" it was lovely to have Christmas Day and then Boxing Day as two family-orientated days, with no distractions. Christmas Day was the busy celebration, and then Boxing Day was the contented sigh afterwards!

Taylor Made said...

Happy Post Christmas to you and yours....looking forward to following along with you in 2012.

Robynne's Nest said...

I agree, Laura, the house is looking messy, and I can't wait to get rid of the debris of Xmas, re-arrange and re-style. Also, a bit of 'spring cleaning' in winter is in order. Robx
p.s. Lots of gunshots yesterday, I think every poor pheasant in the neighbourhood was ducking for cover!!

flowers on my table said...

Oh no Laura you can't box things away until the New Year, it would be bad luck! Or so they say!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful and productive 2012. With love, Linda x

Barbara said...

I've always wondered what Boxing Day was! I like your definition much better. ;)

Hines-Sight said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Boxing Day!

Ola said...

we do not have it here:)

Privet and Holly said...

Hope it was a fun
day of relaxing for
your family! We
Skyped with my
aunt and uncle in
London, who were
leaving a box of beer
for their "Dust Bin Man!"

xx Suzanne

linda@adventuresinexpatland.com said...

Boxing Day sounds like a more altruistic version of 'day after Christmas', and I'll take it. But cannot share your enthusiasm for 'boxing' up the tree decorations that quickly. Part of the wonder of Christmas is enjoying the tree, lights and decorations in the run up to the day itself, and then enjoying their beauty even longer, to New Year's Day!

lizzybradbury said...

Boxing day is great and that picture of the horses and hounds is so traditional!

Lizzy x