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On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me … Boxing Day!

Today is Boxing Day in the UK. Going back at least to the Victorian era, Boxing Day  was the servants day off (since they had to take care of wealthy families on Christmas) and a day when they received from their employers bonuses and perhaps other gifts placed in a box.  It was also when houses might box up clothing to give to local charities.

Today in the UK it’s a national holiday – no work for many and major after Christmas sales in the shops.

It’s one of my favorite days of the season. One on which I plan nothing in particular but staying home and enjoying quiet time – reading, baking, perhaps working on a craft project. It’s down time after the hectic run-up to Christmas.

Happy Boxing Day!

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Sweater by Dentz Denim.

The day after Christmas: when we all have two more ugly sweaters.

– Craig Kilborn, American comedian.

In the UK the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day, which was, in the Middle Ages the day when churches opened up their alms boxes and distributed the monies inside to the poor. Later in history, Boxing Day was a day off for servants and when working people such as butchers and delivery men traveled around and picked up their annual tips.

Today, Boxing Day is just another holiday and in some areas the first performance of the traditional Christmas pantomime. It’s also become a big sports day and no surprise – a day of shopping and sales.

Personally, the day after Christmas is a day of quiet, rest and reflection.

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