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Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day Ladies

Kerry is back, and so is Open Link Monday for the writers' group
Today, in many countries including Canada, is Boxing Day.
The exact origins of Boxing Day are lost in the mists of time, but this is the version told to me by my grandmother when I was a child:


on Boxing Day
the ladies fine
took boxes of food to the poor
of course they sat
in carriages
while servants took
the boxes to the humbler doors
but the ladies
waved, smiled, nodded
accepting thanks which was their due


Boxing Day in Canada is now a day of large sales in many stores, with slashed prices enticing customers to line up before daylight for such things as electronic equipment at rock-bottom prices. I have never been tempted to do such a thing, but my husband has stood in the December cold to buy things he really wanted. I now have no idea what those things were. I wonder if he knows.

10 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

I had also heard the tale of taking boxes of Christmas leftovers to the poor, Kay. Noblesse oblige.

Fireblossom said...

Living twenty minutes from Canada, of course I always feel hard done by that we don't get Boxing Day off from work, here. But this year we do! Yay! And what an image, of the fine ladies waving and pleased with themselves.

Bluebell Books said...

a fun piece.

well penned.

Happy Boxing Day.

Joyful said...

Loved this story. I've never been tempted to line up for anything myself. Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season and resting now that you are home from travels.

Ostensible Truth said...

that's the story I had heard too! well paraphrased by yourself here! happy boxing day/st stephen's day!

Mary said...

I have lined up for a few things in my life, but not since I regained sanity. LOL.

Powell River Books said...

Spent my Boxing Day relaxing after all the weekend cooking, and catching up on Internet reading of course. - Margy

Abin Chakraborty said...

hope you had an enjoyable day Kay.happy holidays!

Gattina said...

In Belgium there is no boxing day not even a second Christmas day. Only on the 25th all is closed. In other countries the 26th is a holiday too. But ... on the 2nd January the wintersales starts and then everybody (except a few once) all get berserk !

Fay's Too said...

silly me! I thought it was a day to box up all the Christmas junk.
(ooops)