HEY! Where's My Christmas Basket???


December 26th is Boxing Day, and from what I have read, is a public holiday or bank holiday in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Germany, Greenland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations that are made up of mainly a Christian population.

Boxing Day in the United Kingdom is traditionally a day when employers distribute money, food, cloth (material) or other valuable goods to their employees.  Ok "Day Job", where's my Christmas Bonus Check, a turkey, some new clothes or something more valuable than that Christmas tree metal ornament  (that was scratched, by the way) that you distributed to all your employees?






More recently, employers traditionally give their servants (yeah, that's what I am) a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day.  "Day Job", are you reading this??  Where's my Christmas basket?!



In South Africa, The Day of Goodwill, also honored on December 26th, is a day to give to those who are less fortunate.


I read so many takes on this Boxing Day holiday thing and am not sure I really know WHAT it all means now.  However, from what I gather, although this is a statutory holiday in some countries, it doesn't seem to be celebrated in the way it was intended to be in the beginning.  

This Boxing Day holiday seems to boil down to nothing more than watching an ice hockey event on the t.v. or shopping the stores the day after Christmas.  I'm just sayin' . . . 

4 comments:

Household 6 said...

I think at the malls "Boxing day" literally means that. I'll box you if you cut my spot in the return line. LOL! I used to work retail... I remember how crazy people would get the day after...

Peggy Alborn said...

Usually I just appreciate the education of these posts of yours, but today I especially appreciated the "asides" to your employers! Too funny! I plan to stay away from the shopping today - I'll wait until Monday and take my chances on what remains.

Ebe said...

Too bad you couldn't find a raccoon with boxing gloves on... hee, hee, hee! Today I'll be celebrating by boxing up all my Christmas stuff! Enjoy the rest of your staycation and have a wonderful New Year!

Sue said...

Sherry, here in Canada, over the years Boxing Day has boiled down to
after Christmas sale madness - except this year stores had so many sales before Christmas that
the Boxing Day "punch" has definitely weakened.