Joyeux Noël and Happy Boxing Day!
To all my French-speaking friends, I wish you a Joyeux Noël, a Merry Christmas to the Anglophiles, and a Happy Boxing Day to everyone. So many people celebrate Christmas, but I don’t want to recount the Christmas story today — y’all have heard that about a zillion times. What I’d like to talk about is Boxing Day, a secular holiday which takes place on December 26.
Most Americans don’t celebrate Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. Here in Canada, it’s a second day off for most people, and that holds true in most of the English Commonwealth as well. Originally, Boxing Day was the day workers got a box holding a gift from their employers. These days, it is both a charity gifting day and a special shopping day (a little like Black Friday). In the UK (and some other parts of the Commonwealth), it’s a sports day for professional leagues.
But in the US, it’s just another day, and a lot of people have to go back to work rather than have a second day of festivities. This year, it’s on a Thursday, so not even a weekend will allow US workers to enjoy it along with their international friends. Maybe some employers will have pity and give folks a little more time with their families.
I wish you a pleasant holiday. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, at least you can enjoy Boxing Day with others who do. Next up, New Years!