Originally posted by operatenor:
Yes, but how does it compare to Boxing Day?
Jim "One of the former Irksome Colonists" B.
There's no comparison really OT, the boxing day is a part of Christmas and nearly all of the planet celebrates Christmas.
Oh well, you did ask OT, here goes:
December 26th-Boxing Day in Great Britain.
Boxing Day is a national holiday in England, Ireland, and Australia. It is celebrated on December 26th. Legend tells that on this day the noblemen "boxed up" gifts for their servants.
Boxing Day is also called St. Stephen's Day. Stephen was a martyr who was stoned to death shortly after Christ's crucifixion. Boxes that were placed in the churches throughout the year are opened this day. Payment for special services that were done during the year are distributed on this day. Children also go from house to house asking for contributions.
Suggested Activities on Boxing Day
Collect canned goods for a local food charity organisation. Collect used clothing for needy families. Decorate the collection boxes and prepare information sheets about your collections.
Write a thank you card or letter to someone who has helped you at some time.
Do you know this popular carol OT?
Good King Wenceslas
Good King Wenceslas looked out,
On the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even;
Brightly shone the moon that night,
Tho' the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight,
Gathering winter fuel.
"Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou know'st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain;
Right against the forest fence,
By Saint Agnes' fountain."
"Bring me flesh, and bring me wine,
Bring me pine logs hither:
Thou and I will see him dine,
When we bear them thither."
Page and monarch, forth they went,
Forth they went together;
Thro' the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather.
"Sire, the night is darker now,
And the wind blows stronger;
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
Mark my footsteps, good my page;
Tread thou in them boldly:
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."
In his master's steps he trod,
Where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod
Which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor,
Shall yourselves find blessing.
How do you celebrate boxing day OT?
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