:: Thursday, December 26, 2002 ::
Happy Boxing Day!
A delightfully pedantic explanation from snopes.com:
Despite the lively images suggested by the name, it has nothing to do with pugilistic expositions between tanked-up family members who have dearly been looking forward to taking a round out of each other for the past year. Likewise, it does not gain its name from the overpowering need to rid the house of an excess of wrappings and mountains of now useless cardboard boxes the day after St. Nick arrived to turn a perfectly charming and orderly home into a maelstrom of discarded tissue paper.
The holiday's roots can be traced to Britain, where Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day. Reduced to the simplest essence, its origins are found in a long-ago practice of giving cash or durable goods to those of the lower classes. Gifts among equals were exchanged on or before Christmas Day, but beneficences to those less fortunate were bestowed the day after.
Cool holiday, eh?
Well, it was back to work for me today. I worked an 8 hour shift this evening at The Tribune, copy editing tomorrow's issue. It was nice to see former co-workers/friends again in the workplace.
[cough] Disneyland [cough]
Gee... I really should take some medicine for my chronic coughing...
:: SL 11:04 PM [+] ::