December 26, 2008

It's Boxing Day in Canada

It's another holiday in Canada -- Boxing Day. While it has nothing to do with boxing, it is  is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa, this public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill. It is based on the tradition of giving gifts to the less fortunate members of society. In past centuries it was the custom for the wealthy to give gifts to employees or people in a lower social class, most especially to household servants and other service personnel. The Pisani's don't have any household servants, except the kids, so we will be spending the day organizing our basement and avoiding the stores. Contemporary Boxing Day in many countries is now a "shopping holiday" associated with after-Christmas sales -- which is what it is in Canada.

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