This has become a secular holiday but Boxing Day is a tradition that started in the UK about 800 years ago. It was the day when the alms box for the poor was opened so that the contents could be distributed to the poor.
In the 1600's we would be servants and tradespeople and would receive gifts today, known as a "Christmas box". Our Christmas Day would have been busy, waiting on our masters. This is the day that Good King Wenceslas looked upon the Feast of Stephen. St. Stephen's Day is celebrated as the 2nd day of Christmas. The Germans had an original tradition - horses would be ridden around the inside of the church during the St. Stephen's Day service.
We are into the Twelve Days of Christmas. This is the twelve day period that starts with Christmas day and ends on Epiphaby (Jan 6th).The 'true love' who gave the gifts was meant to represent God, the true love of the world. On the "first day", the partridge in a pear tree is Jesus who died on the cross. The two turtle doves of the "second day", are the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The three French hens are faith, hope and love - the three gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We'll explore more on the 12 Days tomorrow.
Our image today is a little bit of urban grunge from Toronto. It is peeling paint on a wall mural with manipulation to create the wave and repeating pattern. It has a carnival sense for me with the curves, waves, and bright colours.