Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26th - The Best Day of the Year

Today is the best day of the year!
It’s here at last. Boxing Day! December 26th is an official day off here in Canada, if you leave out parts of the retail sector. Depending on what you read, Boxing Day started out in England as the time, right after Christmas,  when the lord and lady of the manor would give Christmas boxes to their deserving servants. Or it may have originated from ‘alms’ boxes and giving to charity or it may have been the day that the well off ‘boxed up’ food for the needy.  

Today’s lord and lady of the manor have been working like canines (sorry you felines) to get ready for the holidays: gifts, baking, visiting and all that. If they are making charitable donations, most likely they will have made them before the holidays so that people in need will have something in time.

Don’t get me wrong: I love everything about the season, but I love December 26th best.. Up here, Boxing Day sales have been the equal of Black Friday.  But they could be paying me to take stuff away (even shoes) and I wouldn’t budge.

This is the day when there’s lots of food in the fridge. If you cooked a turkey, chances are there's lots left over  for sandwiches.

There are baked goods and wine and with luck there are chocolates.

Dogs - small or large may be waiting for you to settle down and cuddle on the sofa!

You have plenty of  books to read, music to listen to, and movies to watch. There are the familiar family jokes to be trotted out and the recap of whatever drama happened on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There are post-Christmas naps to take. There could even be conversations that don’t revolve around rushing about or getting things done or what is left to do. There is relaxing to be managed. There’s lots of leftover love and goodwill toward all.

But the big thing is that it’s all over. Everything’s done that’s getting done until next year.  I have my book picked out and my sofa selected.
We’re having a wonderful Boxing Day and I hope you are too!
Enjoy your books and treats and pets and favorite reading spots.
Much love to all you readers!
MJ and Daisy and Lily


Aurian said...

I wish you a lazy day MJ! Here in Holland we have two Christmas days. Basically, one day to spend with your family, and the other day to spend with your significant other's family so you don't have to choose between them. My boyfriend doesn't have close family, so today will be spend with my best friend, his best friend, and my boyfriend's two daughters.

Indians in Australia said...

Have you ever heard of hungry girl? They have a website and she has a cookbook out...check it out and see what you think! I signed up and i get an email everyday with new recipes and stuff!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Boxing Day, MJ!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Have a lovely day, Aurian! I love the sound of that tradition. My brother and my oldest friend (although she doesn't like to be called that!) both spent Christmas with us. We are in full lounge mode now.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, I in A! I hope you are enjoying recipes and weather.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hope you and Mr. L are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing day, my friend.XOXO

Prairiedog said...

We live in Minnesota, and have Canadian friends that live just down the street. Tomorrow we go to their traditional and annual Boxing Day party,(a day late, but it's Friday) and bring food shelf donations. There is a need everyday for that charity, so we get together, catch up on our lives and eat and drink in a festive manner.

Dru said...

Happy Boxing Day MJ!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a beautiful tradition! I love it and think I am going to start that here. You are right about a need every day of the year.

Thanks for telling me about this!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

And Happy Boxing Day back atcha, Dru. Hope it's full of books.