Posted by: Anonymous Me | December 26, 2010

Happy Boxing Day!

What is that?? Well, according to Wikipedia:

The exact etymology of the term “boxing” is unclear and there are several competing theories, none definitive. The tradition has long included giving money and other gifts to the needy and those in service positions. The European tradition dates to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown. Some claim it dates to the late Roman/early Christian era when metal boxes placed outside churches collected special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen.

A clue to Boxing Day’s origins appears in the Christmas Carol, “Good King Wenceslas.” Wenceslas, who was Duke of Bohemia in the early 10th century, was surveying his land on St. Stephen’s Day — Dec. 26 — when he saw a poor man gathering wood in the middle of a snowstorm. Moved, the King gathered up surplus food and wine and carried them through the blizzard to the peasant’s door. The alms-giving tradition has always been closely associated with the Christmas season, but King Wenceslas’ good deed came the day after Christmas, when the English poor received most of their charity.

In the United Kingdom, it became a custom of the nineteenth-century Victorians for tradesmen to collect “Christmas boxes” or gifts on the day after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. Another possibility is that the name derives from an old English tradition: in exchange for ensuring that wealthy landowners’ Christmases ran smoothly, servants were allowed to take the 26th off to visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses (and sometimes leftover food). In addition, around the 1800s, churches opened their alms boxes (boxes where people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents to the poor.


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So, what is everyone doing today? Is anyone planning on hitting up the shops to see if there are any bargains? I wish I could, but I literally have zero dollars (or pounds, as it were)!


Oh well! Stay tuned for the upcoming Resolutions post wherein budgeting may or may not be on the list! In my defense…I had two sweaters when I got here. The need for a winter wardrobe could not be ignored, people! 😉

Warmly,

Me 😀

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