26 December 2010

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas is about more than just sales & shopping. Really.

Boxing Day, a national public holiday in many British colonies or former colonies, is celebrated yearly on December 26, a day after Christmas Day.

No, it has nothing to do with two gloved men sparring on a canvas square ringed by ropes and trying to knock each other out.

In Australia, Boxing Day is also the day the peril-fraught Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race begins. There are special horse races and often cricket to watch.

Boxing Day got its name from an old tradition when employers boxed gifts for their workers on the day after Christmas. Was it an after thought or left overs or . . . .

I'm catching up with friends I didn't see on Christmas Day and calling my family in the US as it is still be Christmas Day for them.

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