Boxing Day, eh?

December 26, 2007 at 11:27 am 1 comment

South Jordan, Utah

When I was in Junior High, we lived in northern Alberta, Canada.  This time of year it was about 20 below, snow and about 6 hours of daylight or less.  Being here in Utah where it is cold and snowing has reminded me of those days.  Dry snow crunching under foot and more coming down all the time.  Going outside with Jake the dog is not as fun here as in Arizona!

Today, the day after Christmas is Boxing Day in Canada and most of other areas of the world settled by the British, with the exception being the USA.  The name comes from the 19th century custom of giving boxes of food or money to servants or service people on the day after Christmas. 

These days it is pretty much like it is here in this country, where everyone descends on the stores to return or exchange gifts and spend Christmas money.  There are two days I refuse to go to the store-the day after Thanksgiving and Boxing Day.   There is nothing I need bad enough to endure the crowds on those days.  I do need to go to Home Depot or Lowes and the bank today.  Maybe the crowds there will not be so big.

The Seattle Times has an excellent suggestion today, for we who don’t celebrate Boxing Day.  They are suggesting that we take a box of something by an area food bank.  This time of year these community services really get emptied out.  Almost every community has one so why start a tradition and drop a box of something by your community food bank?

I was planning on putting these Christmas Prayers on the site yesterday but the post went a different direction so here they are now.  I think it would be ok to pray them on Boxing Day.

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Happy Boxing Day, eh?


Entry filed under: Advent, Culture, Faith, Prayer, Thoughts.

Gifts. Monday morning meanderings. Vol.25

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Phil  |  January 14, 2008 at 12:22 am

    thanks for the Canadian shopping day shout out Greg. Have a good week.


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