Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day

Our Christmas Day was wonderful in every way. Time spent with family, lots of neat presents, tons of delicious food. I was delighted to be the first one up in our family -- after threats from the kids that they would have us up at the crack of dawn, I awoke at 7 a.m. to a very quiet house. I slipped downstairs to move the breakfast casserole from the fridge to the oven, and was beyond excited to see the snow falling and the back yard all ready covered in a blanket of snow. A white Christmas!
As wonderful as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be, over the years I have come to love the day after. In Australia, the UK, Canada, they call it Boxing Day. There are a variety of stories about how the name came to be, but the one I personally relate to is that it was for the servants of the manor. Because they had to work all Christmas Day, serving the lord and master and keeping the celebration going in the manor, they were given the day after Christmas to spend with their families, along with a box of leftover food. It works for me.
Personally, I think it's a glorious day. I finally get to sit down and go through my stocking and open my new perfume, snack on the feast from the day before that is actually hot because I've warmed my plate in the microwave, and I don't care if the house is a mess because the only ones here are the five of us and maybe a stray neighbor kid or two. Today I'll work at my desk and sneak a piece of pumpkin pie. I'll sort out all the receipts in my purse, write a few thank you notes and this afternoon I'll curl up with the new Jan Karon book, a gift from Joey.
Maybe I'll hit the stores tomorrow and maybe I won't. Dan is off the rest of the week and we have no plans and stockings full of movie passes! Life is good.
Happy Boxing Day to everyone!


Jen said...

I'm with you. Me and Miller are curled up on the couch resting up. I'm hoping we can get out by Friday...we are under the weather. Glad you had a great Christmas.

Xandra said...

Life IS good! Sounds like you had a great Christmas, and now it's all about winding down and relaxing.

Judy said...

It sounds like you are doing what I am doing, just taking it easy. It was our best Christmas day ever. We just took it easy all day.
Never heard of Boxing day before, very interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

annie said...

I have never heard of boxing day!
I'm enjoying the day after Christmas too! just opened my perfume and enjoying actually eating the goodies.
Happy boxing day!

justabeachkat said...

Hope your day was just as wonderful as you hoped.


Fresh Girl said...

Glad you had such a great Christmas! Enjoy that Karon book -- I've loved everyone of her Mitford novels, but I thought that one was the best yet. :)

Bill said...

Lucky you! A white Christmas in reasonable proportions!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh, it sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful week and get to rest, relax, spend time with family and do all the things you love to do!

That Karon book is high on my TBR list, enjoy :)

Judy said...


Let me know how you like that book.

I've a gift card waiting to be spent.

violetlady said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was, too, And I am also now reading Jan Karon's latest. Have a New Year filled with wishes come true.

kim said...

We had snow too! The first time in 20 years that it has snowed ON Christmas Day here. :) Your day sounds wonderful and so does your Boxing Day. I did take the boys out to buy another game for their for brand new wii and then I treated them to lunch at Panera. Today I went in to work for 1/2 day and dodged the on again, off again snow showers. Tomorrow is my day to veg out--I am planning on folding laundry, putting away my gifts and reading my new book. I hope your week has continued to be as relaxing as your Boxing Day!

BClark said...

Hi Karen,
So glad you are having a wonderful holiday season, only way to go. I wanted to pop in and wish you a just super New Year. I am pleased to have met you (a fellow Clark) and look forward to more adventures in 2008.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I wish my Boxing Day had been that peaceful -- we had relatives drop by, and then my dad came over to try to help assemble the toy that my husband spent half Christmas Day working on. Warning -- beware when they say, "Some assembly required." It's a great way to ruin a perfectly good holiday. :)

I'm glad you got snow!

Jo and JD said...

I had heard of boxing day, but never knew the meaning of it before now. See how educational blogging can be!!

Have a wonderful New Year filled with peace, love and happiness.