A mysterious holiday
Just about the only thing we know for sure about Boxing Day is that it’s celebrated on December 26 by most countries in the British Commonwealth. As for its origins? Well, there are a few good guesses, but no one is really sure. It may have its roots in the Victorian era Church of England. Donation boxes were installed in Anglican churches and opened the day after Christmas so all the proceeds could be distributed to the needy. It may also refer to the long-ago custom of British aristocracy presenting small boxes filled with presents to their servants and employees on December 26 as a thank you for their service. Or it may have come from a 17th century tradition where apprentices kept a small box used to store the tips they received from their employers.
Today, even though the original reason for the holiday is somewhat of a mystery, for many people it is as a day to relax after the hustle and bustle, enjoy some leftovers, watch a little football and shop for after Christmas bargains.
If you’re lucky enough to have the day off where you live, you may be wondering what on earth to do with all the leftover food you have crammed into every available space in your refrigerator. It’s simple enough to reheat your veggies and turkey in the oven, but consider doing a little something different this year!
- Food has 20 different clever ways to re-image everything from turkey, ham and potatoes to that forgotten bowl of cranberry sauce!
- Family Circle also has some great ideas for making use of leftovers. Turkey Waldorf salad, anyone?
- For some great recipe ideas, as well as a handy chart that lets you know how long you can keep leftovers in the fridge, visit SparkPeople .
If bargain shopping on Boxing Day is your thing, consider these savvy tips before you hit the stores:
- There certainly are deals to be had on Boxing Day, but remember that it’s not a deal if you can’t afford it. Consider your budget before you head out. If you want to be extra careful, only take the amount of cash you’re comfortable spending and leave your credit cards at home. That way you won’t be tempted to purchase something you really can’t afford.
- Make a list of items you are hoping to find on sale and stick to the list to avoid overspending.
- Do a little research ahead of time. Boxing Day sale flyers start hitting the papers during the weeks leading up to Christmas, so you can comparison shop and clip any applicable coupons well in advance. You might also consider staying home and taking advantage of online sales instead of braving crowded malls and parking lots.
- For 10 Boxing Day shopping survival tips, visit The Ottawa Sun.
- Think ahead and pick up supplies for next Christmas or Hanukkah. Wrapping paper, cards, and even decorations are usually heavily discounted in the days after Christmas.
If relaxing after the busyness of the season is all you have on your mind, you might want to stay home and have a family game day, read, binge-watch some TV shows you haven’t had time for, or have a nice long nap. If you’re able, it’s also great to get outside and enjoy the crisp winter weather with a brisk walk followed up by a cup of homemade hot chocolate by the fire.
Whatever you do on Boxing Day, enjoy this mysterious vacation day!
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