Traditionally, Boxing Day is the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a “Christmas box”.
Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on 26 December in many of the Commonwealth Nations. My good friend and blogger 40-Something Life who is originally from England has turned this into an annual celebration with a fabulous dinner party planned each year and later tonight Sergio and I will head over to her place for a fabulous dinner – this year’s theme is Mediterranean. Much wine will be consumed and if past years are any indication, a round of drunk Twister is likely.
Happy Boxing Day
Well its not quite night in Boston just yet, but it will be before I realize it. Today will be spent running errands and getting my home ready for friends who will stop by this evening. This is a tradition Sergio and I started a few years back when we realized we had friends who would not be going home for Christmas. We dubbed it an orphans Christmas Eve and each year host this relaxing get together.
Sadly, this year I’m hosting the party without Sergio. His father has been quite ill and he was able to head back to Brazil to be with his family. While I’m happy he can be there, his absence is something I can’t quite get past and so I look forward to having a few friends here to keep me company. Sergio was unable to get out on the buddy passes for Christmas and now plans to visit after the holiday so thankfully I’ll have Sergio home for Christmas (and our Christmas Eve open house).
I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas. For those who don’t celebrate the holiday, I’d still like to say “good tidings we bring” as the song’s lyrics say. I’m not 100% certain what “tidings” are but it sure sounds nice.
Have a wonderful alcoholiday!
I cannot wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is just a few days away. I don’t think I ever caught up with work after returning from Brazil and the nasty head cold I’ve had all week has not helped much either.
There was a time in my life (not so long ago) when I ordered my Christmas cards in September, hand wrote 150+ notes and had them mailed the day after Thanksgiving. Those days are clearly behind me. I no longer even send cards, my house looks like a bomb went off and I have not started my Christmas shopping. Fortunately the list of items is short and much of it I can get with relative ease, but jeesh. Where did the time go?
Never underestimate the appeal of guys wearing speedos. That is the lesson I learned this week when I saw my Santa Speedo Run video get picked up by a number of national blogs. I’d like to say thank you to everyone else who was nice enough to share the video, which now has more than 35,000 views.