The Second Day of Christmastide…


Christmas Roses

A Christmas Posey of Hellebore’s*

Today, the 26th December is also know as Boxing Day and also Saint Stephens Day.  Saint Stephen is remembered as the Saint that was stoned to death in 36ad.  But Boxing Day is a tradition that by comparison is much more recent.

So what is Boxing Day.  Well its is a Christian tradition.  This is the day that Gifts were given to the poor.  Boxes of gifts were distributed to those less well off.  It is also said that it referred to a box that was passed round in Church and elsewhere for dotation’s of Money that was later distributed to others.

I find it rather sad, that now a days, Boxing Day has been hijacked into a Shopping Holiday, Retail Therapy.

As for me, well Boxing Day is a day to relax, a good walk if the weather is favourable.

But Boxing Day 2020 is very different for all of us.  The family “Get Togethers” are via zoom, but only if we are connected via the ether.  A wave to the neighbours as they pass by.  Certainly no Parties.  No doubt those relaxing thoughts will drift to concerns about the future and our families welfare.

It has been inspiring to see and hear of the many good deed’s that ordinary people, often strangers have done for others during these troubles times.

I also hope and trust that our concerns for those that are less fortunate can continue well into the future.

Tough times but more important than ever to…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

  • The Hellebore’s were collected, from our garden, last January.  They are commonly known as Christmas Roses, though we have never had them in flower at Christmas…..  in fact January was rather early for us.  This years the buds are already swollen, so again looks like a January flowering

26th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

5 thoughts on “The Second Day of Christmastide…

  1. Thank you for giving me the background of Boxing Day. I always wondered about it since it’s not something we celebrate here in America and many of my ancestors came from England but never took the time to research it. It truly is a shame that it’s not celebrated as it originally was but has been turned into a commercial shopping holiday (aren’t they all??).

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