GOOD MORNING WORLD
There is a picture circulating on facebook (www.facebook.com/Kysouth/photos_stream)depicting Santa asleep in a chair. He appears to be ‘done in’ and exhausted. I can relate to this shot. Yesterday afternoon found me asleep on the couch sitting straight up. I knew I was dozing and was so relaxed I did not care. I remember being aware of my pose and feeling a little chilly and wanting the new blanket that had stars on it to put over me. I was so comfortable I did not want to break the mood so did not bother to move and fell off to sleep again.
I think I was in and out of this state for well over an hour. All else was quiet. Dinner was done and the dishes being washed. Someone was watching shows on TV. Someone was putting together a Christmas toy and someone was playing a video game. I was aware and relaxed as my work was done. That is what the picture of Santa said to me.
Today the returns to the stores begin. We have a couple of things to return and it will NOT be today. When I first heard of boxing day as the day after Christmas I thought that was what it meant. Wrong.
We used to be invited to a boxing day party each year. It was lovely getting together with friends. The hostess was British so this was her tradition. I could not imagine having my house as clean as hers let alone as organized the day after Christmas to have a party. She did each year and it was very nice and relaxed, no pressure, despite the fact that her husband was my husband’s boss. Things changed. We moved and no longer celebrate the 26th as Boxing Day.
The origins of Boxing Day is not related to the sport or as I said returning gifts. There are a couple of thoughts among historians. One is that servants had to work on Christmas Day and not the 26th. The Masters would give them gift boxes as they left to be with their families.
Another is that it is St. Stephen’s day and the alms boxes [i.e. poor boxes] at the churches were opened and the monies distributed to the poor on the 26th. St. Stephen was on of the original seven deacons ordained by the apostles in the Christian Church to look after the poor. When he died, he was a martyr and stoned as his preaching was so successful, he asked God not to punish his killers.
Another may be found in the carol “Good King Wenceslas.” He was the Duke of Bohemia. As the song says he went out on ‘the feast of Stephen’. It goes on to say that as the Duke of Bohemia he helped his peasants through a blizzard the day after Christmas by bringing them food and wine.
Today Ireland and England use the day as an added holiday and do the same as we with sports and shopping. Occasionally there is the odd event such as swimming the English Channel to heighten the festivities.
For me it is going to be another day to relax. I may play some games or do a puzzle with our resident, for the next few days at least, 8 yr old. I am certain we will play Mine Shaft that Santa brought and his dad spent 6 hrs assembling the 400 pieces yesterday. I may take another one of those gloriously relaxing naps. Though I think it will be hard to duplicate the quality of the one I experienced on Christmas Day, I am willing to give it a whirl.
I usually keep our decorations up until January 6th, Epiphany or ‘Little Christmas’. As I look around this house I am thinking that with the long New Year’s weekend coming up I might just break that tradition this year and put things away for a clean slate January 1. Perhaps I could ponder that on the couch with that shell blanket. Hmmmmm – that might just bring on a restful nap!
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…