Friday, December 26, 2014

Boxing Day

Untidy living room after unwrapping gifts by Steve from San Francisco - Xmas 2005. CC
While I am writing this post two days before Christmas, you are reading it the day after Christmas. For such is the magic of technology, that I am able to write a post at one point in time, then schedule it to be published at some time in the future.

I'm not sure how far into the future I can schedule a post, not sure I want to try that. I could disrupt the space-time continuum and create a disastrous rip in the fabric of the very Universe.

Or something...

Okay, why write a Boxing Day post two days before Christmas?

Well, truth be told, I shall be traveling from Point B to Point A on that day...

Er, I mean today (I have to remember to write this in the present tense for the 26th of December and not the 23rd of December and... Did anyone else hear a tearing noise? No? Um, alrighty then...)

So it's the 26th and I'm traveling from Point B (which is me Mum's house) to Point A, which is Chez Sarge. Then on Saturday (tomorrow from your perspective, almost a half-week from now from my perspective... There's that tearing noise again...)

Yes, on Saturday we travel from Point A to Point C. So a lot of travel is on tap for this holiday season. 'Tis a gathering of a big chunk of the family near Our Nation's Capital for the dawning of the New Year to which we travel tomorrow.

Anyhoo.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say regarding Boxing Day:
Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers, in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other Commonwealth nations, as well as Norway and Sweden. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December.

In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. Due to the Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar, the day is known as St. Stephen's Day to Catholics, and in Italy, Finland, and Alsace and Moselle in France. It is also known as both St. Stephen's Day and the Day of the Wren or Wren's Day in the Republic of Ireland. In many European countries, including notably Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day. (W)
For seven years I went with that "Second Christmas Day" or Zweiter Tag von Weihnachten when we lived in Germany. Boxing Day was mentioned, but only by our British friends, of which we had a few, being in NATO and all.

I trust and pray that you all had a blessed Christmas and are well and truly ready for a New Year. I am not ready. I need new calendars as the old ones are all worn out and the days are all in the wrong place.

Sigh...

Blogging could be hit or miss over the next week as I shall be enjoying myself with family and friends. I will be thinking of you, my faithful readers, and hope to squeeze a post in here and there. (I will be bringing the tablet along and there is always the trusty smart phone. The latter upon which I cannot type to save my life. So if some of my comments seem badly spelled and/or formatted, it's because of that wee keyboard on the cell phone. Not because I'm ignoring everything Buck taught me and which Rumbear has vowed to keep an eye on. It's not always fun to have friends in the Grammar Police, but one tends to learn a lot.)

Enjoy. Be back soon.

2 comments:

  1. Do what you gotta... Enjoy the time with family! We'll be around

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  2. Had a busy day with my little delivery business, Think too many had too much holiday cheer. Only one order was not screwed up. Add six inches of snow from Christmas Day and it was "interesting".

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