No, that doesn't mean we have boxing matches all over the place! Many other countries also have Boxing Day as a special holiday today after Christmas. I've just done a little research on the origens of this day and found some interesting history I was not fully aware of. Even if you too have this day perhaps you would like to know a little more about it.
Some sources say this all began in Medieval times, others that it began in England a few centuries ago. This was the day servants and slaves were given Christmas
"boxes" after their hard work on Christmas Day. Apparently Queen Victoria introduced it to be the day parcels were distributed not only to these hard working folk but also tradesmen, postal workers and others as well. This was also proclaimed a public holiday in most Commonwealth countries.
Unfortunately, today shopkeepers have one of their busiest days of the year. We have been watching the news on TV of the crazy folk who have queued outside major shops over night to be there first in the door when the shops opened at 5a.m. 5a.m.?! Afraid we were still snug in bed at this place! There are some fantastic specials in most shops - if you have the patience to navigate all the cars and the shoppers grabbing for bargains. However, have to confess we did venture out but went to the cinema instead!
So, what does the Hawkins family normally do most Boxing Days if they are not brave enough to go shopping? Well, besides recovering of course from over-indulging with all kinds of delicious food, chocolates, etc on Christmas Day there is sleeping time of course but also when I was a child my family liked to get together with our extended families for picnics or some activity together. As we lived in the country and most of us on farms, it involved travelling to the nearest waterhole or creek - that still had some water in it in our hot summer. There was hopefully swimming, games to play like rounders - a family game of a mixture of baseball, softball and cricket!
Since we've been married and have our own family we still like to get together with extended family whenever possible for a real Australian barbecue. Our children still call it the Boxing Day "rellie bash." Once again swimming is the favourite occupation this day. Then of course there are all those toys to play with, books to read - if a quiet, private spot could be found. However that was mostly in the morning as the afternoon was spent watching TV and the international cricket test match at the Melbourne Cricket ground. And guess what we've been doing this afternoon? Yeah, watching Pakistan team trying to bowl out our Aussie batsmen. I have to confess having an inspirational romance book in one hand and only looking up when the crowd gets excited. Think I should confess this to my husband? Hmmm...somehow I think he knew!
Well, this is a much shorter blog this time. I'm sure you too have a busy time today. I have to confess also I'm very glad we have had a very pleasant summer day here and not the savage winter snow many other places are experiencing. Do trust you are safe wherever you are.
What about your 26th December? If you do have a Boxing Day in your country would love to have you tell us about it in a comment. Or are you still recovering from Christmas Day! I do trust you have had a beautiful Christmas filled with the joy, peace and hope that can only be fully experienced when it comes from our personal relationship with Jesus.