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Pele
Pele

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Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Okay, I've looked it up on Snopes, Wiki and Google.

I've spoken to friends around the world, and from what I get, no one really has much of an idea about it's true origins or really even celebrate it.

So...how do you pass Boxing Day?

Since I'm American and we don't have it, I'm just curious to understand. wink


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drvariety
drvariety

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Location: Mission viejo CA
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Posted:www.boxwars.net
not necessarily helpful, but it is how I spend mine.


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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Posted:Well, I'm buggering off back to London, away from my family on boxinda day... so... I guess... I... don't?

Its something to do with saving excess presents 'till the day after, or something though. I think.

I'm in a vague mood today. smile


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Pyrolific
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Location: Adelaide, South Australia
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Total posts: 3288
Posted:well - we are putting on a daytime chillout beach party for all our friends. 30 degrees finy and sunny is the forecast. A shade structure, Small PA and a beautiful location with clear water n interesting stuff about. smile

I got a fire hacky for chrissy too! so I reckon we will play that too! smile


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Mr Majestik
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Posted:i'm going to a BBQ with my family at another familys place, along with other peoples.

thats generally what happens for most australians as far as i know, extended family and friends just kicking back and relaxing after christmas.

i'd never really looked into what it was about. somehow i made links to us celebrating australias win in the Americas Cup (yatching) when the australians flew a boxing kangaroo flag - hence calling it boxing day - and starting the sydney to hobart yatch race on the same day. ...shows how much i know about it all smile


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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:Cricket.

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Posted:I was talking to someone the other night over dinner, and apparently boxing day stems from a tradition where rich familys would put left overs from christmas dinner in a box and give it to those who were needy.

Sounds about right, dunnit?


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Lizzybeth
Lizzybeth

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Location: midlands!
Member Since: 2nd Jul 2007
Total posts: 272
Posted:hhhm. sleeping normally - but i have spent most the the day today belly dancing....and i can see it happening again tomorrow.

if i could be a busy busy bee...

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burningoftheclavey
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Location: over yonder
Member Since: 22nd Jul 2005
Total posts: 926
Posted:frd yeah thats the story behind it although havent heard many stories of that happening nowadays...wonder what the queen does with all her leftovers..

tomorrow i think were going to see simian mobile disco..


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PK_
PK_

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Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 4991
Posted:Boxing Day Hunts.

PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

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Lizzybeth
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Location: midlands!
Member Since: 2nd Jul 2007
Total posts: 272
Posted:yep sleeping - as predicted.

if i could be a busy busy bee...

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:According to the histories I've read it spans from lord's giving left-overs and used stuff to the servants (uk) to a day of charity (uk) to a day when gifts were traded instead of christmas because christmas was spent in reverence (uk) to boxing matches (oz).
So far, I've not seen any clear history so, from what I am seeing is that there isn't any real standard in celebration.

I find this very interesting, and I'm a bit envious because ya'll get an extra day! wink
Thanks for all the answers. I appreciate it!

No matter how you spend it, have fun! beerchug


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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_Clare_
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Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:Ah, but you get Thanksgiving smile

Best wishes to everyone for the solstice, Christmas, holiday season... and 2008!

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Yeah, but so does Canada wink

Aaaaaaaaaand..we learn in school why we celebrate it (and some even preach the "proper way" to celebrate) tongue wink


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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newgabe
newgabe

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Location: Bali
Member Since: 3rd Mar 2005
Total posts: 4030
Posted:Boxing Day is when 20,000 performers, volunteers and participant people turn up at the Woodford Festival gates. This year I spent it collecting and siting and meeting and greerting my venue staff from assorted transport to various campsites....

.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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hamamelis
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Total posts: 756
Posted:Well.. it's all to do with the fact that Christmas is such a high tension day- what with all the relatives that aften don't see each other much having to spend a whole day trying to be nice to each other- but as it's a religious festival, and a celebration, it was traditionally considered sacreligious to argue or fight on the day..

So, in the UK at least, it became tradition to leave it all for the 26th...

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jarle
jarle

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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 13th Mar 2007
Total posts: 1489
Posted:Family.

I spend Christmas Day with my close family, and it's usually spent relaxing and trying out new pressies. Boxing Day however, my father's side of my extended family all get together at someones house. Everyone brings a plate of food, the under 16s get pressies from a nominated Santa, and much merriment is around.


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Mand
Mand

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Location: Calgary Canada
Member Since: 24th Oct 2003
Total posts: 2317
Posted:A long hike with my family and the dog. It's a nice change to the extravagant food and alcohol consumption on christmas day.
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