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It’s Boxing Day! ~~ Dec 26

Hello again people! Hope everyone’s Christmas was super fabulous!

My Christmas was quiet, but full of good food and good friends online. I made roast chicken, stuffing, mashed taters, gravy, fresh green beans and brussels sprouts with bacon. For desert was Ambrosia, yeah we ate good.

In between time I was online and over at C4C and we had a blast! Lots of good music and good chat. C4C was a total success once again this year! There were lots of friends and lots of good cheer to be had, we had almost 1600 comments made (last year I think was something like 360). I’m sure we’ll be doing it again next year! I know I’ll be there if they’ll have me.

Once again I want to toot my own horn a bit and mention that my short story “Grandpa and the TV” is published over at Canada Writes website, Facebook and twitter. It’s a true story about my grandfather and what he thought of his first TV.

Now on with the show!

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Boxing Day ~~ (Via Wikipedia) This holiday is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and some other Commonwealth nations. In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. In Ireland and Italy, the day is known as St. Stephen’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Stiofáin) or the Day of the Wren (Irish: Lá an Dreoilín). In many European countries, including  Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day.

In Britain, Canada, and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in the US. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become the day of the year with the greatest amount of returns.  And that my friends is why I stay safely at home and laze around today. I hate shopping, but today is extra crazy out there.

Kwanzaa ~~ Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

(Via Wikipedia) Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy,” consisting of what Karenga called “the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.” These seven principles comprise *Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Kwanzaa symbols include a decorative mat (Mkeka) on which other symbols are placed, corn (Muhindi) and other crops, a candle holder Kinara with seven candles (Mishumaa Saba), a communal cup for pouring libation (Kikimbe cha Umoja), gifts (Zawadi), a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. The symbols were designed to convey the seven principles

National Candy Cane Day ~~ Now you know candy canes had to be celebrated at some point this month. So here it is! This day celebrates the sweet sugary treat that has become a traditional holiday candy. Candy Canes started as just all white sticks and it wasn’t until the turn of the century that the red stripe and the peppermint flavor was added. Many decorate their Christmas Trees with Candy Canes.

A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844. The candy cane has been mentioned in literature since 1866, was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874, And as early as 1882 was hung on Christmas trees.  Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s.

There are several stories about how the candy cane came about, most of them with a religious bent. Some (like have some convincing arguments against these stories. As for me, I’m just glad they are around to decorate trees with and to eat. Whichever way they came about, enjoy a candy cane today!

National Whiners Day ~~ When I found this holiday I laughed out loud. So fitting don’t you think, to have Whiners day on the day after Christmas? Today is the day you can whine about the bad gifts you received, or the gifts you wanted but didn’t get!   National Whiners Day was founded in 1986 and is dedicated to those who like to whine. Especially, those who are returning or exchanging Christmas gifts. Actually, this day is to encourage everyone to appreciate what they have.

Rev. Kevin Zabor­ney, in 1986, des­ig­nated Decem­ber 26 as National Whiner’s Day. Rev. Zabor­ney founded the hol­i­day in hopes of encour­ag­ing peo­ple to be thank­ful for what they have, rather than unhappy about what they don’t have.

Sug­ges­tions for Cel­e­brat­ing National Whiner’s Day

*Visit a shop­ping mall or retail store and watch peo­ple “whine” as they return and exchange their hol­i­day gifts (remem­ber, it’s not only the cus­tomers who whine).

*Invite friends over, or plan a party, and call it a “Whine and Geeze” party! Serve non-alcoholic wine and cheese!

*Again, invite friends to a National Whiner’s Day party. In order to get in, your friends need to bring one unwanted gift, wrapped, for a white ele­phant exchange.

*Hold a whin­ing con­test at home or with friends, and invite a radio or tele­vi­sion sta­tion to broad­cast the event. Award the win­ner with a funny cer­tifi­cate or tro­phy. Make it more fun by scor­ing not only the whine qual­ity, but on the whin­ing itself. For exam­ple, “Ohh­hhh, mooomm. Do I havvvvve to cleeeeean my roooomm?”

Either way you celebrate the day, have fun!

Well that’s it for today people, but there are still some days left in December, so I will be back tomorrow with more celebrations!





I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I love animals and at present have one dog (Sam) and 2 cats (brother and sister, Notwen and Pouncer). I've lived in various places in the USA and now in Canada. I've always enjoyed watching life and people and have developed an appreciation for it all. My outlook is sometimes out of the normal.... but that's what makes things so interesting! I am always interested in the opinions of others. Everyone has their own outlook and it's always worthwhile to listen!

15 thoughts on “It’s Boxing Day! ~~ Dec 26

  1. Well done C4C Jackie fantastic that you did so well.
    The Boxing Day story is interesting as I realised a friend in the US had never heard of it so I looked up the same source as you. I’m with you on staying in on Boxing Day, the madness of the Boxing Day sales is for the brave I figure. Instead we have the cricket on, God’s gift to sport, Australia playing England and we are on top, couldn’t be better.


    1. Hi Michael! Yes, Boxing day is crazy! I stay in and relax. C4C was a huge hit, my room was great, especially since you helped! I’m so glad you stopped by yesterday! Thank you. Enjoy your day and your game!


      1. Thank you Jackie, so many of my blogging friends, Australians included, cringe when I tell them of my love of cricket, just can’t understand some folk, not as if I’m asking them to watch with me.
        It’s great that you are happy about your day. It was fun coming in, love sharing music and u put me onto a few new singers. My music library swelled slightly.


        1. Cricket is okay, but being in Canada Hockey is my game that I watch. 😉 Anything that gets you excited is a good thing! I love finding new music. You just never know what’s out there and I love sharing. So you are very welcome.


  2. Happy Boxing Day Jackie! or as we say at home still today, Merry Christmas on the 2nd day of Christmas! I tried to find you at C4C yesterday but couldn’t see you on active chats. Must have been to much Christmas Glogg 🙂 Driving to our son’s tomorrow in N. FL. Looking fwd to the new year and our continued friendship! Hugs!


    1. I was only on C4C for three hours from 2 till 5 mountain time. So you probably missed me. Darn it! Have a safe and wonderful trip tiny! Hugs! and I am looking forward to continued friendship as well! After all I did promise snail mail. 🙂


  3. Your holiday meal is making me hungry as I lay here in bed! And 1600 comments is very impressive, I hadn’t heard that number! I’m so so glad that C4C was so successful this year!


  4. I am still having company with all that goes with it. Lots of cleaning, cooking and totally blowing my routine. Can barely get any reading done. My favorite today was whine day.:) Yes, I’d like cheese with that.:) We’ve had 3 different Christmas’ and after tonight,s company, I can halfway relax. Thanks for these. They lift my spirits when I’m tired. Come on Jan5!!!! I have an appointment with my therapist on the 6th. 😀


    1. Well I’m glad I can cheer you up some 🙂 3 different Christmas’s?? Wow, no wonder you are tired! I would hate to have my schedule messed with like that. January is fast approaching!


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