So Christmas is over, and what have you done. . .
Anne here, still deliciously replete from a Christmas dinner of rolled breast of turkey with chestnut and cranberry stuffing, served with baked potato, baked beetroot (my new discovery — delicious!) and green beans, and followed by plum pudding icecream with hot caramel sauce. And cherries. This Chinese bowl filled with fresh cherries has been on my table every Christmas for years — it doesn't feel like Christmas without it.
And now it's Boxing Day — at least that's what we call it in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia (and possibly a few other parts of the former British Empire.) Boxing Day isn't just a historical date you read in books, it's still very much alive here. I talked about the origins of Boxing Day in this post — can't believe it was six years ago — if you want to read up about the history.
These days, though, we don't give boxes of left-over food or old clothes or whatever to our servants — not that we have any anyway, but if we did, I doubt they'd take kindly to being handed our cast-offs. And I'm not sure what happens to the donation boxes in church, but I doubt its contents are divided up between "the poor" of the parish in such a direct way as it used to be.
Here in Australia, Boxing Day is a public holiday, and offers a wide range of choices; some rush off for a second Christmas celebration with the other half of their family. Others head for the Boxing Day Sales (which are like the "Black Friday" sales after Thanksgiving in the USA) where prices are slashed and people hit the shops like there's no tomorrow. Those who don't shop either watch the cricket live or on TV — this year it's Australian versus Sri Lanka — or the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which is a spectacular event on Sydney Harbour. And because it's summer here, a lot of families head for the beach. The rest of us generally laze around, nibbling our way through leftovers, cherries and Christmas candy, blissfully reading the books we got for Christmas. I'll leave it to you to decide which one I did. :)
So what was your Christmas like? And what are you doing today (26th Dec.)