Mundane Monday: Boxing Day

The day after Christmas is also known as “Boxing Day.” Traditionally in Britain, servants were given December 26 to celebrate Christmas and received a box to take home, containing gifts, bonuses and sometimes leftover food. Churches also displayed boxes for people to give Christmas donations to charity. Boxing Day is still a national holiday in the UK and Ireland but not here in the US (except as the day Christmas is observed when it falls on a Sunday).

Boxes on Boxing Day
Boxing Day Boxes

Here, on this Mundane Monday after, we’ve got other boxes to deal with: That GAP box contained a shirt and mistakenly child-sized slippers for our growing teenager. The Kleenex box, the DVD box, the sticker box, the earphone carrying case . . . even the vintage music box is buried under two layers of fitbit.



The Day After
-by Ralph Blanchard

I think the next day
Is what I mostly like
About Christmas when
The wrapping paper and tinsel and
Other gay detritus are carefully
Tucked away and the
Happy excited look in
Children’s eyes is fresh
In yesterday’s memory along
With the kindly smiles
Of family and friends
And strangers even
And I am aware
That we have safely navigated
The white water of another
Year with its successes
And its sorrows, and our
Eyes now focus only on the tree
With all its baubles collected over
A lifetime hanging quietly and
The space beneath it emptied of the
Brightly colored packages
And the tree alone directing us
To peaceful paths
With its symbolic star

I like the day okay but the next day
Is the one I prefer, offering a quiet space
A universal exhalation
The day after, when thoughts are
Gathered up and cast into clear light,
I see the suffering world and the dim
Outline of small things I’m meant to do
I also hear the laughter
And the mixture of the two
Brings hope that each next day
Will find us further on
-Ralph Blanchard is a retired naval officer, journalist, and pacifist
First published in UU World magazine

Santa’s Back

8 thoughts on “Mundane Monday: Boxing Day”

    1. Yes! 🙂 I have to admit it annoys me to no end that most Americans seem to think that the 12 Days of Christmas come before December 25, not after. The four weeks before Christmas are called Advent, and are a time of waiting. The 12 days of Christmas are from December 25 to January 6. I use it as an excuse to leave the tree up longer 😉


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