Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day

Today is a public holiday in England. The day was set aside to commemorate St. Stephen who was the first Christian martyr. Later, it became a chance for the rich to give gift to the poor and the working class, especially any servants in the household. When I asked our hosts, Ben and Wendy, how it was celebrated today, they gave a couple of different descriptions. One said it has become the biggest shopping day with many merchants opening their shops with big sales. (We noticed that most of the shops in town here did not open up today). The other said that because Christmas day was viewed as a holy day, gifts were not opened because it was a day for worship. The following day Boxing Day became the day which everyone would open their gifts. Now even that has changed and it is a day to go and visit extended relatives.

We stayed around the house today. It was sunny again but very cold. Temperatures are supposed to drop over the weekend, but no snow or rain for us. Tim worked on his dissertation, while Sierra and I played with Florence. I have a little sore throat that I hope will go away.


Julie Avis said...

Everything sounds so exciting. I am so glad that all three of you get to embrace such a wonderful experience together. Loved talking with you both on Christmas day! Love & Hugs-

Jill Burdick said...

I love, love, love your blog! I have been behind reading due to the snow's been awful!!
Kevin helps me with the last half of my route after attempting to deliver his. Our usual delivery time is 6-7 hours - before snow a normal route (for each of us) is 2 - 2 1/2 hours. I work at the store from noon 'til 5, so not a lot of time for the regular Christmas prep.
We are hopeful for an end to this tomorrow or Sunday! Rain, please come soon..
Take care and looking forward to more posts from you :-)

mc said...

I finally remembered you guys were on your trip. I think our freezing weather and snow have effected my brain. Sounds like an adventure to say the least. You caught my attention with the bacon wrapped sausages. We might put you in charge of those on our next McLeland Camping Trip.

The Pictures were great. Have fun on the rest of your trip.

Cousin Mike