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Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day!

Growing up in Canada, our holidays were chock-full of British influence; Canada is a jewel in the Commonwealth’s crown,  after all.   Mom used to tease us that Boxing Day was a day to clean up and box up (a ploy she cleverly used to get us to tidy the house).

As a child, Boxing Day was a full day of fun –a day of sledding & skating with cousins, adults playing cards, with everyone still full from feasting the day before.   As we got older Boxing Day brought dances and Curling socials, a time to visit all who’d come home for the Christmas holiday.  

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Now it’s more commercialized with stores open for gift returns and clearance sale prices. 

But for me, it’s still a day to visit and we will be doing just that ~ And with temps approaching 60F here in West MI (not a snowflake in sight) we have the perfect weather to do so!

– To learn more about Boxing Day visit https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/26/world/boxing-day-facts-trnd/index.htm

 

So … what are you up to today?

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Meme Christmas!

I’ve never done a “meme” before but this one was fun and easy to do – so thank you Terri at Into the Mystic for the idea.  I hope you’ll give this a go, too.

1. A Christmas song I can listen to even in June is: “Christmastime” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown).  It takes me right back to being a kid and the wonder and excitement that Christmastime always generated.

2. Hot chocolate, eggnog or mulled wine?   I’ll take an extra hot Chai Tea Latte, please!

Hot Chai tea? Yes, please

3. When do you put your Christmas decorations up? Usually about 10 days ahead of Christmas; I used to decorate every single room – now we only decorate the living room and front door.  Why?  What goes up must come down.   (Read how I nearly lost my cool here: Rants of Christmases past ).  Yep, no more manic merriment for me.

4. What are you having for Christmas dinner? We’re not. We’re having appetizers & pizza the afternoon of Christmas Eve so we can all feel like little kids again! Christmas morning we’ll have brunch featuring my company Fresh Toast … and dinner that day will be … leftover pizza! 20+ years of holiday cooking has taught me one thing: Simple. Is. Good.

5. What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? We always visit with family & friends on December 26th – Boxing Day. Never heard of Boxing Day? Read here.

6. Have you ever gone caroling? Yes, with my Sunday school class. I remember being very cold and wondering just who had the hot cocoa?

7. When did you discover the truth about Santa? Don’t know what you’re talking about.

8. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Our tree is a compilation of glass ornaments and hand-made paper treasures from the boys. Few items match, but it’s multicolored and has special items of significance from all of the places we’ve lived – Canada, Connecticut, New York, Texas, and Michigan.

a shot of youngest boy in grade school ...

the letter "B" for his big brother

handmade reindeer and holiday glass

and some Elvis for me!

9. What’s the best thing about Christmas?   All of it: time together to laugh, to play, to sing, to smile, to eat, to rest and to just … be.

10. All I want for Christmas is: See # 9.

  Christmastime is here… Merry Christmas to you & yours!

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Box it up?

photo from smartcanucks.ca

I grew up in Canada where we observed “Boxing Day” on December 26th. 

As little kids, my parents liked to tease us that this was a day to box up all the wrappings of Christmas and put things away (translation: tidy up the house).

As I got older,  Boxing Day dances and cabarets were held and heavily attended by college kids home for the holiday.

As I got older still, stores began opening for Boxing Day and the holiday became synonymous with  sales, sales and more sales. Think “Black Friday” but in reverse.

The real meaning of Boxing Day can be found here  http://www.factmonster.com/spot/boxingday1.html  and it has more to do with helping the poor than shopping. 

In my family, Boxing Day was, and still is, a day to visit.  It’s a day to relax, enjoy leftovers, play cards, and get outside into the brisk cold air.   We were fortunate to live close to many cousins so Boxing Day was the day to test drive our presents … new toboggans, crazy carpets, skates, you name it.  In Saskatchewan, Christmas toys equal winter fun.   On Boxing Day, my parents would visit neighbors & family, play cards, and enjoy the odd “Singapore Sling” or “Harvey Wallbanger.”

Now, living here in Michigan, Boxing Day has come around .. and what are we doing today?

We’re continuing my family’s tradition of relaxing, lazing in our jammies and meeting up with family later today for munchies and adult beverages.

    Cheers everyone!

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