Maybe next year will be different. Maybe this gift I received yesterday will change things:
|My Blog Plan by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher: Maybe this planner will help me with my blogging time-management skills!|
What I had planned to write about today was Boxing Day.
When I was growing up, my parents referred to the day after Christmas as Boxing Day. For some reason, when I was small I assumed this involved a lot of people watching the sport of boxing.
My dad wasn't a big boxing fan, but I had seen him watch a fight or two on television, so I knew what the sport was. I was familiar with sports-fever of other sorts: my parents were big Calgary Stampeder football fans, and the entire population of Calgary, Alberta (where we lived) would turn out in western wear during the Calgary Stampede week. It just made sense to me that grownups might get excited enough about the sport of boxing to name a day after it.
Of course, at some point I figured out I was wrong.
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other British Commonwealth countries. Various explanations exist as to how this holiday came to be:
- It was a day when servants were given boxes of gifts or tips.
- It began as a day when people boxed up their left-over food and took it to the poor.
- The day after Christmas, church coin-collection boxes were opened and the contents distributed to the poor.
But this reminds me. I've been meaning to write a thank you note and send a tip to our newspaper carrier. Our paper has been delivered faithfully every morning before dawn for 12 years, even in weather like today.
|Although not visible in the photo, it has been snowing here off-and-on all morning.|
What are your plans for today?
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