I can usually figure out what the holidays that are shown on calendars are for, but this one has always stumped me. I am aware of Cinco de Mayo, and Kwanza, but I think that the British just made-up Boxing Day, because they got jealous of us Americans celebrating Thanksgiving. One story that I read said that Boxing Day originated as a day off for servants, who would return to their homes with a box of delicacies that their masters had given them which was filled with things they could use for their families. Another story attributes this day to the church and alms for the poor, where a box would be placed outside the church on Christmas Day and opened on the 26th. I’d heard that Boxing Day may have something to do with Cricket, as there is some type of box that the batter stands in. I actually never gave it much thought to this holiday before, but today I decided to put my gloves on and see what all the fuss is about.
The day after Christmas, is Boxing Day, although this holiday is not observed in the United States and maybe that is because we never participated in the Boxer Rebellion in China. People give away their leftovers from Christmas Day, and you might end up with a baked ham, mince pies with butter brandy or a slice of Christmas cake if you are lucky. I think that I will start my own Boxing Day tradition, which will involve cracking open a cold beer and listening to Grateful Dead videos all day long. Since December 26th is also the feast of Saint Stephen this makes a lot of sense to me.
Written for FOWC with Fandango – Lucky.