Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day...Put on your gloves

I was surprised the other day when I was chatting with one of my American friends about our plans for Boxing day. She had never heard of this holiday.So I thought maybe a few of you may not know what it is either.
So I looked up the proper definition of the day and thought I would share it with you all.

Oh this photo has nothing to do with boxing day. Its just that Oscar  De la Hoya is such a cutie and he is wearing boxing gloves and my kids thought boxing day had something to do with boxing when they were little ;)

Boxing Day is traditionally a day following Christmas when wealthy people in the United Kingdom would give a box containing a gift to their servants.[1] Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations.
In Canada, Boxing Day takes place on December 26th and is a federal public holiday.[3] In Ontario, Boxing Day is a statutory holiday where all full-time workers receive time off with pay.[4]
In the United States, where the day is often known simply as "the day after Christmas", business owners give gifts to people who make deliveries. Although the traditional gift is a fifth of Scotch, because fewer people drink these days the trend is towards non-alcoholic gifts.[5][6] It was formerly more widely observed in the United States, and was more widely known as Boxing Day.

I am one of the few that do not hit the stores.
Mind you I remembered my local scrapbooking store was having a sale today :)
They are usually closed on Mondays.
So I checked her email she sent me and the store was open from 10:00- 3:00....that was at 3:05, lol.
Guess I wasn't meant to shopping after all.

I did get a visit from my friend Debbie and her hubby Gerry :)
Then we went to my SIL, Sharon's house for an awesome turkey dinner with all the fixins :)
My daughters call her the "Hostess with the Mostess" as she not only prepares a delishious meal, but all put out, all kinds of goodies :)

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday :)
Our holiday lasts all week as everyone is off work for the rest of this week :)

Tracy :)


  1. Happy Boxing Day! I probably would be one of those ignorant Americans if it wasn't for the CBC. lol!

  2. I had heard that term for forever but never really knew what it was. My husband was talking about it today. Thanks for explaining it!!

  3. I did go out and informed the cashier at sears I love boxing day. everyone in line heard me and then I had to explain. LOL see, news travels fast. LOL I got my Christmas today. Wait till you see.
    Kinda crappy about your SIL waiting till the last minute for the dinner. But it sounds like you made the best of it. Good for you.
    Big hugs,Pea

  4. happy boxing day! hope you have a great day!

  5. My husband was asking the other day what Boxing day was, thanks for the info. I'll pass it along. Hope you have a happy day!

  6. Hey Sweetie,
    Happy Boxing Day! He is a cutie for sure.
    I hope you and your family had a great Holiday.
    Hugs, Stacy

  7. I am all about Boxing Day!!! Even my girls call it Boxing Day down here. I am sure their friends thing they are nuts.
    Enjoy the rest of the week with your family. Do you have anything special planned?

  8. Have a relaxing week :) I did brave the boxing day thing, one of my kids gave me a dishwasher cert. mine broke down 2 days before Christmas! What a pain when you have a house full, lol. Not used to that :)

  9. I had only heard of Boxing Day in recent years, but didn't know anything about it or the meaning behind it. Thanks for sharing a bit of that Tracy! How cool to know that now!

    How fun it must be to go to your SIL's to such a festive affair! I wish I could be more like that, but it's too much effort on my part. LOL! Enjoy your week!

  10. I did go to some of the shops; but I had to- it is my birthday! ;0)

  11. I had heard of Boxing Day but of course we don't have it here in the states. I wish we did - I think this whole week between Christmas and New Years should be a holiday too! Well, it would be if I ruled the world. :) Have a fun week with everyone home.

  12. I have the kids all week since school is out and there is no way I was taking them out to brave the stores. Maybe Thursday my friend and I will brave the crowds for some after Christmas sales - with all FOUR kids 8, 6, 5 and 4. Yeah, I think it's a very scary idea too LOL. I've always seen Boxing Day on the calendar but never knew what it was until a couple of years ago my friend from Australia told me it was a day that was a holiday where you boxed up gifts to donate to the less fortunate (at least I think that is what she told me it was for them). Now I feel the need to ask her again to make sure.

    Sounds like Sharon had a wonderful dinner for you. I come from an Italian family so holidays are always about the food. We usually have at least four courses, appetizers/antipasta or "pickies" as we call them, pasta, dinner, and then dessert. We don't eat for 3-4 days after each holiday. As stressful as it might be I would love to throw a big holiday dinner with friends and friends who are like family, not necessarily family LOL. Happy belated Boxing Day!

  13. I saw people on Facebook saying Happy Boxing Day, but I had no clue what they were talking about. Never heard that before.

  14. I didn't know much about boxing day hehe... thanks for the info. Hope you enjoying the holiday.

  15. Happy belated Boxing Day :) I love the picture, he is a cutie!


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