Though not an American custom, I wish you all a Happy Boxing Day!
For those who don’t know what that is, I’ll save you some research…(excerpted from Wikipedia. For the full article, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day )
Boxing Day is traditionally the day after Christmas Day (December 26), when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts from their superiors or employers. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations.
The thing I like about the idea is that it’s sort of like a second Christmas day. We could actually use the “real” Christmas day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and then have our own gift exchange the next day. Two wonderful celebrations instead of one, neither diluting the significance of the other. I know I’ve suggested modifying it a bit, but I’m a writer. Iclaim literary license.
And then of course, there’s the concept of the 12 days of Christmas with a new gift presented each day for 12 days. Sort of like Hanukkah’s 8 days of giving. Another really nice idea, just a little something to say “I appreciate you” or “I cherish you.” Nothing stressful or over the top. Like the paper ornaments we made as or with our kids. Special as a sunrise, but simple and genuine.
So I wish you in this “interim” week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, lots of opportunities to express thanks and appreciation to those in your life. Maybe write a story for someone special or help someone else write one. Read to someone, even if it’s you.
Keep reading and writing!