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.