Happy Boxing Day, America!

Boxing Day is the most wonderful day ever.

After all the tensions and craziness of the lead up to Christmas -you know, the shopping, cooking, preparing for visiting relatives (if you’re unfortunate enough to have any), the hassle of rising early on Christmas morn, opening presents, stuffing oneself silly with turkey and Chateau de Chasselas, lying around bloated all afternoon while the family watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”, followed by the inevitable turkey sandwiches for afternoon tea and supper – Boxing Day is a day of gradual recuperation.

The relatives have gone, what’s left of the turkey’s been confined to the freezer, the fire’s blazing in the hearth, and no-one found that extra bottle of Chateau de Chasselas stashed carefully behind the sofa before the hordes invaded yesterday.

Boxing Day is a time to relax after the exertions of Christmas, reflect on the hubbub of yesterday, and feel content with life and everything around you.

What a pity Americans insist on rushing back to work the day after Christmas. They miss out on so much.

A cold turkey sandwich, anyone?

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6 Replies to “Happy Boxing Day, America!”

  1. I have actually never known that Boxing Day’s not a public holiday for Americans. Stranger things have happened in the US though.
    In Oz everyone has so much fun in the Boxing day, picnics, generally hanging out and munching on the leftovers from the day before and as you said so well, relaxing from the panicky and chaotic Christmas preparations.
    I will have a cold turkey sandwich please. thanks RJ. 🙂

  2. Yes America does not have a Boxing Day. Until a couple years ago (I am American) I never knew what it was, nor did I care. I am willing to bet many Americans feel the same way. But being a journalist, I’m forcing myself to pay attention to as much detail as possible.

    My thoughts on the day…
    To much of America, Boxing Day is talked about, in fact many retailers have post Christmas sales as I believe you all do, but the actual term Boxing Day isn’t mentioned much, because it doesn’t have to be seeing that it isn’t a federal holiday. Many people are already taking the day off and there isn’t much activity anyway; the week between Christmas and New Years is always so lazy.

    If I am correct, Boxing Day was a day that was created so that servants and lower class can get a day off and receive gifts from the upper class in boxes. It’s celebrated in many countries around the world, particularly countries that have found themselves under British rule at one time or another. And if you can remember, America had a little problem with British rule just over 200 years ago. During the time of the American Revolution years many “British” traditions and customs were being dropped (even Christmas). After people started to get past bigotry and discrimination, some of those customs were brought back and some weren’t. Boxing Day was probably one of those that didn’t make it.

    That’s just a thought. Can’t confirm, or deny it.

    Thanks,
    JGunn

  3. I never much liked Boxing Day in England – TV was all sport all the time, sales time in the shops with folk in queues from before dawn to grap loss-leader bargains…I can do without all that.

    I think the USA would benefit from another of our traditions though – pantomimes, don’t you RJ? LOL! Go on – do one of your curmudgeonly specials on how a US panto might turn out—– 😉

  4. Gaye – as a ‘remnant of Empire’ you obviously assume the US follows the rest of we British hangers-on when celebrating Boxing Day. Sadly, for them, that’s not the case.

    Oh, darn! I’ve just eaten the last turkey sandwich. Can I interest you in an, only slightly stale, mince-pie?

    JGunn – I’m sure you’re right about the reason Boxing Day is not recognized in the US. We were pretty obnoxious and arrogant in those ‘Revolution’ days, though it is interesting to ponder how different the world might be today if America had elected to remain a British colony. Yes, I know, it’s an appalling idea for any American to consider.
    Boxing Day was, indeed, the servant’s day. After busying themselves with the master’s needs on the 25th, they were rewarded with gifts on the 26th (nothing too fancy, of course!). Thankfully, those days are long gone, but the holiday remains.

    Twilight – TV sport and sales, maybe, but it beat going back to work with a hangover.

    A special on pantomimes? Don’t ya’ know this is a serious blog? 😉

  5. I don’t really care for religious holidays, never mind the ones with funny names… All I care about is the “holiday” part. 🙂

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