Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Boxing Day

For all my U.K. and British commonwealth readers: Happy Boxing Day!

Correct me if I am wrong (this may be my American stupidity showing itself), but isn't boxing day, the day after Christmas, when all your servant staff celebrated Christmas because they were busy on the 25th waiting on you all hand and foot, stuffing gooses, filling your plates with plumb pudding, and decking the halls?

If anyone has further info... Maybe those fine chaps at Free St. George's?


Blogger Hiraeth said...

Fred, I trust you had a good Christmas.

Boxing day is the day when the boxes containing Christmas presents were traditionally opened, Christmas day being given over to the things of God.

As for the traditions regarding servants, it depended who and what sort of house. Often they would be given their own celebrations in the larger houses, while the one or two staff in Middle-class homes had it worst, being expected to do everything without company. Even so, would normally share in the meal, albeit normally in their own quarters (and, given that they had prepared it and had to make ready for the house guests, quite right, too).

And decking the halls was normally done as a co-operative effort (being part of the fun).

Sorry for the delay, but I've been bust doing research for a non-religious project.

11:14 AM, January 06, 2007  

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