No, this one has nothing to do with pugilism. If you saw the last line of yesterday’s post you know I have no interest in messing up my pretty face in the pursuit of self-defense. Boxing Day, although the origins are uncertain, appears to be a postal holiday in every sense. Celebrated in England, Canada, and other former crown nations, is a day to celebrate the postmen who delivered all your boxes at Christmas. Another variant of the tradition states that in medieval times (the historical era, not the schlocky arena show) people would leave boxes out that were filled with coins for the poor. Either way, in twenty-first century America it is simply a day to rest after the insanity that is Christmas Day. In the Catholic Church it is also the feast of St. Stephen, the deacon and first martyr of the Christian faith. Yes, we celebrate the birth of Christ one day and follow it immediately with the feast of the first man to die for his faith in that little baby.
On another note, I thought I’d put this poll out there.