Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Boxing Day

Today, December 26, is known in Canada (and other places like Britain, New Zealand and Australia) as Boxing Day.

When I was young, I used to think this day was called Boxing Day because of all the boxes lying around the house - you know the ones, toys or cloths, household items, etc. were now out of their boxes and sitting under the Christmas tree to show to any visitors who came by. Then, when I was a little old, I used to think it had something to do with the boxes that the Christmas tree and the decorations came in - that maybe this was the day you were supposed to take down the tree and all the decorations around the house, and put them back into their proper boxes.

If you Google Boxing Day traditions, you'll find several articles that talk about this holiday. Here is one that I thought was interesting (it actually has a few of the supposed meanings behind this day).

At any rate, it is a holiday, but it isn't a paid one - at least for me. I'm sure there are companies and businesses who do pay their employees for Boxing Day, though. I'm just glad that it is a day off work. Sometimes the family will go around visiting aunts and uncles and cousins (or other relatives), but we are just spending a quiet day at home. Besides, the weather isn't really nice. We went from +7 celcius yesterday to lower temps in the minus range (though it's in the low minus range, like maybe -2 or -3 celcius). It's been snowing a little and there is a light covering on the ground; but now it is raining a bit (and there might be some snow mixed in with that too), and they are calling for more snow later. At one point I heard there is supposed to be a little freezing rain, but I don't know if that has changed. I do know the salt trucks were out (they go around spreading salt on the roads to prevent freezing), so the city is at least preparing just in case.

It's off to work again tomorrow morning - bright and early. We can go in for 7:00am and will probably be there until 4:30pm, so that should help contribute to a nice pay cheque. Hopefully I will be able to update you on how work is going over the next day or two.

Happy Boxing Day!


Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Happy Day Off! And, thanks for the link to the meaning of Boxing Day. I was always confused about that, too.

I hope work goes well and that you do get that *nice pay check* soon.

Jayleigh said...

We don't call it Boxing Day in the US... therefore when I first heard of it, I thought it was Boxing Matches. Like, boxers BOXING. I never thought it had anything to do with cardboard boxes or boxing up goodies to give to the less fortunate. Or whatever.


Have a lovely day!!!!!

Tami said...

Hey! This is Tami (aka solo) just dropping in to say hello. Hope you had a Merry Christmas (and enjoyed your off time for Boxing Day)! God bless!

Anonymous said...

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Pooch said...

A belated Happy Boxing Day! Sounds like you enjoyed a nice, relaxing day.

God bless you in the new year!