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These last few weeks I’ve found myself thinking a lot about those who wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas by exchanging presents and spending time celebrating and eating lots of foodpoverty

  • What about those who couldn’t afford to buy any presents for their children?
  • What about those who didn’t have any food to eat on Christmas Day?
  • What about those who spent Christmas Day alone?
  • What about those that had no roof over their head on Christmas Day?

What about them?

You may think it’s nothing to do with you that at the end of 2013 there are still those who don’t have enough food to eat, clean water to drink, or even a roof over their head, but I’m sorry, it is the responsibility of all God’s children to look after one another, and that includes you, me, the beggar on the street with no home, the orphan in a far away land who has to walk for miles every day just to get some dirty water to drink.

So, at the end of 2013, I challenge myself and each of you, to do something in 2014 to try to end poverty and hunger in this world of God’s. Go on make a difference in 2014 for God!

I’m one of the lucky ones who’s been fortunate to have enough holidays left to be able to use up the last of my annual leave for this year between Christmas and New Year and then the 3 days after New Year. It’s great it means that after being at work on Friday 23rd December I’m not back at work until Monday 9th January next year!

So far, after Christmas I’ve had a pyjama day, a housework day and a housework and shopping day! Which was my favourite? Definitely my pyjama day!

I love having pajama days, not that I get them very often at all these days, so on Boxing Day I thoroughly enjoyed my pyjama day, especially as I’d got new fleecy pyjamas in my office Secret Santa and they are soooo cosy.

When I was younger I never liked having a lazy day, I used to feel as if I was being really unproductive if I wasn’t busy doing something every day. But my views have definitely changed, because I love lazy days…maybe it’s just because I get very little opportunity to have a “lazy day” these days that makes them so desirable!

When you have a day of doing nothing, do you feel relaxed or unproductive?

Whether your busy all the time or find time to have a pyjama day, I hope you are able to get some time to relax, chill and recharge your batteries this festive season.

…which in the UK is known as Boxing Day.

Why is today called Boxing Day? And what has that got to do with Christmas?

Boxing Day – When

Boxing Day is a public holiday that is celebrated the day after Christmas. It was originally the first working day after Christmas Day, but is now always celebrated on December 26th, regardless of which day of the week it falls.

The 26th of December is also called St. Stephen’s Day.

Boxing Day – Origin

There are several thoughts on this…

  1. In the 17th century Christmas boxes were earthenware boxes used by the poor (servants, apprentices etc.) to save money throughout the year. Then at Christmastime, the boxes were opened and the savings shared to fund the Christmas festivities.
  2. The tradition though that has stayed with su until the current time, but dates back almost as far as the first suggested origin, is where Christmas boxes are given as gifts, usually money, to tradespeople or others who have rendered some service throughout the year but who aren’t normally paid directly by the giver. e.g. paperboys, milkmen, office cleaners.

 

So Boxing Day is all about Christmas Boxes, this actually confuses me more, as I’m still confused why it’s actually the day after Christmas the Christmas boxes seem to relate.

Whether you’ve been giving Christmas boxes today, or simply relaxing after a busy Christmas Day, I hope you’ve had a relaxing and enjoyable Boxing Day!