So, funny thing…
Your good friend Balls has no clue as to how to read a calendar!
I had this post all prepped and scheduled when someone reminded me I was scheduled to do an evening Open Thread today, not yesterday. I’m always a Make A Margarita Out Of Lemons kind of guy, so I’ve taken the extra time to spruce up the post a bit.
Also, because everyone is hung over from yesterday, I’m making it a Day Thread instead of an Evening Thread. Enjoy!
The day after Christmas has been known as Boxing Day in the United Kingdom and other countries in the Commonwealth of Nations (essentially almost all of the former British Empire dominions/colonies) since the 1600s.
The original tradition stemmed from the wealthy giving their servants the day off the day after Christmas (because really, who else was going to serve Christmas dinner?) and giving them small gifts for their families in a “Christmas-box”.
Hence the name.
These days, the tradition is more like the American Black Friday in that many stores hold sales and most countries declare it as a holiday without work.
Sports also take center stage as the English Premier League and rugby have a full slate of games while Australia has a traditional Boxing Day cricket test and New Zealand and South Africa also hold cricket matches.
Funny enough, it seems only the African Commonwealth countries have enough sense to stage BOXING matches on this day.
All of this will be completed by the time you read this, so I’m taking this post in a different direction:
Yup, you knew I’d perve it up!
There is also apparently a Fancy Dress Boxing Day Parade in Wigan in the UK. Here are some pictures from prior years:
That looks like a lot of fun, actually.
Canadian DFOers! Please fill in the blanks on the fun to be had on this magical day!
That happened yesterday!