In Canada, and several other countries (mostly commonwealth countries) the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day (it’s kind of like a second Christmas). Here’s a little history of Boxing Day in Canada from CalendarUpdates.com:
Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th. It is a statutory holiday in the federal jurisdiction and in Ontario. If it falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the working day immediately preceding or following Boxing Day is considered a legal holiday.
Boxing Day, also known as the Feast of St. Stephen (after the first Christian martyr), originated in England in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria. It originated as a holiday for members of the merchant class to give boxes containing food and fruit, clothing, and/or money to trades people and servants. The gifts were an expression of gratitude similar to the bonuses many employers offer their employees today. These gifts, usually given in boxes, gave the holiday its name, “Boxing Day.”
Also related to the origin of Boxing Day is the tradition of opening the alms boxes placed in churches over the Christmas season. The contents of these boxes were distributed amongst the poor, by the clergy, the day after Christmas.
Today, Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom, Canada, and many other Commonwealth nations. It is a time for family and friends to gather with lots of food and fun. Outdoor sports such as soccer, horse racing and hunting are popular on this holiday. Retailers offer huge savings on many items on this day, making it the biggest shopping day of the year in Canada.
Throughout the Christmas season, many organizations keep the original tradition of Boxing Day alive by donating their time, energy, and money to fill the Food Bank and provide gifts for the poor.
Boxing Day at the Madhouse consisted of making room for all the shiny, new stuff – Lego, movies (on BluRay, even-very excited about that), books (actual books, with paper inside and everything). I enjoyed a much needed nap (I haven’t been feeling very well over the past few weeks. I had to make a trip to the Emergency Room on Christmas Eve. I’ve had a severe pain in my jaw for weeks now and couldn’t stand it anymore. The doctor gave me some pain killers and told me to see a dentist. I’m really grateful for the Christmas cash I was given as dentist visits aren’t cheap). We enjoyed a lovely supper of leftovers while watching The Fellowship of the Ring on BluRay (that was one of my Christmas gifts – I do love me some Lord of the Rings). And now we’re settled in, just relaxing. It’s been a great Christmas.
We missed out on a white Christmas this year, but the snow has finally arrived, just in time for Boxing Day.
I hope all you, my readers, enjoyed a wonderful holiday as well.