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Old 12-25-2004, 03:59 PM   #16
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Historically boxing day was the day the empty christmas boxes where put outside on the street for the garbage bin men to pick up. Thats my understanding.

Its a holiday here but not something that is actually celebrated though. Usually just a day of sleep and recovery from the previous days piggery.
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We have Boxing Day in Canada. It's a holiday (along with Christmas Day) and essentially it's like Black Friday in the US - cheap shopping for people who don't mind crowds and fighting other women for that last pair of size 7.5 shoes.
Martina and I should have a shoe exchange.
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Martina and I should have a shoe exchange.
I wear size 8.5. Is that too big for you?
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Oh, I thought YOU wore a 7.5.

Ah well.
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No, but it seems like 95% of women are a 7.5. The little spitfires fighting over the pumps while those of us with huge paws shop in peace.
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I was a 7.5.

Then I had a baby and was an 8.

Then I had another baby and now Im an 8.5
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8 actually seems to be the norm in my parts, but maybe feetsies come a wee bit smaller in Canada.
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Boxing Day
In England a long time ago…

Servants were required to work on Christmas. They were responsible for making the holiday run smoothly for wealthy landowners. They were allowed to take leave on December 26th and visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses. In addition, around the 800s' churches opened their alms boxes (boxes where people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents to poor. It is also St Stephens day (St Stephens at the Point) All shops/stores, aside from the odd garage/gas station, used to be closed on Boxing Day, so it was like Christmas Day part two. (Without the presents, visiting friends & family with plenty of good food and drink and loads of football/soccer)
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Boxing Day
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Servants were required to work on Christmas. They were responsible for making the holiday run smoothly for wealthy landowners. They were allowed to take leave on December 26th and visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses. In addition, around the 800s' churches opened their alms boxes (boxes where people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents to poor. It is also St Stephens day (St Stephens at the Point) All shops/stores, aside from the odd garage/gas station, used to be closed on Boxing Day, so it was like Christmas Day part two. (Without the presents, visiting friends & family with plenty of good food and drink and loads of football/soccer)
Thanks, that's just about what my husband's mum told me! Being an old lady from England she had heard about it. I had not until I read it on the forum, then I asked her.

BTW, does anyone take down and put away their tree and decorations today? Where I live, it's considered bad luck to take them down before New Year's Day or Jan. 2 (which leads many to not take stuff down till Feb. or March. )
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We leave ours up. Sometimes, they start to die and need to come down, but our friends own the biggest Christmas tree farm in the world and usually let us cut one fresh so it lives longer. It keeps the house smelling nice so my mom waits as long as possible.
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We leave ours up until New Year's.
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BTW, does anyone take down and put away their tree and decorations today? Where I live, it's considered bad luck to take them down before New Year's Day or Jan. 2 (which leads many to not take stuff down till Feb. or March. )
In many Eastern European Catholic countries, it is tradition to leave your tree up until the feast of the Three Kings on January 6th. That's when we take ours down.
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I leave mine up until the day after New Year's.
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We usually leave ours up until the first weekend in January.
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My tree and decorations usually come down the Sunday before we all go back to work and school which will be January 2nd.
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