This is the second day of Christmastide. We know that the boxes of Boxing Day originated in the United Kingdom and were given to tradespeople and servants as a monetary acknowledgement at Christmas - they were mentioned as "Christmas boxes" in Samuel Pepys' diary in 1663. References to the "Christmas box" for the poor and needy date back to the Middle Ages. And even earlier, in the late Roman and early Christian era, metal boxes were placed outside churches at the Feast of Saint Stephen.
Today it is as though there is a north pole and a south pole for Boxing Day - the shopping and sports frenzy of the greedy and hedonistic opposing the charities raising money for their causes.
So it is no surprise that our charitable organizations have Boxing Day events: Today and every year, you can run for the YMCA in Hamilton. Race day pickup and registration opens at noon. Or one can go on a Charity Boxing Day Dip - and then again on New Year's Day for that one. In Scarborough Harbour there's a raft race. That's Scarborough, U.K.
On the hedonistic side, the British press reports record line-ups showing pictures of people leaving shopping malls with their arms full - at 6:00am. The U.K. article said 90% reductions were the attraction. And for the sports-minded, in Grimsby, U.K. there's an important announcement that supporters in the Main Stand will be asked to exit the stadium via the Pontoon Stand exit von Boxing Day. A big sports day there.
We didn't ask the question "What do the Chinese do at Christmas?" There are 1.379 billion people in China. First of all to say "Merry Christmas" the translation turns out to be "Holy-birth happy." The top three Chinese Christmas songs:
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Read the translations at chinahighlights.com - they stray from the originals making them very entertaining. How they sing them to the melodies with know is a mystery.
We see the Niagara Escarpment forest at Campbellville on Christmas Day. It really was that dark and blue-black.