Hi Sandy,Glad to hear from you again. Hope your continuing Christmas celebrations are going well. Do you have plans for New Year? I know that we would be happy to stay home, perhaps BBQ and have a quiet night but we always feel obliged to stay up late and have friends over or go to their place.I like the lazy brunch on New Year's Day that has become tradition with good friends and neighbours from our old house ( we moved from acreage 4 years ago after 17 years there). It is a nice relaxed day - lots of laughter and nibbly food - as if we need any more food !!CheersHelen
Hi Sandy, I found this information on Boxing Day on the internet. Most of us don't know where it came from we just enjoy a lazy day. " Boxing Day, December 26th, is a public holiday celebrated in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Canada.The holiday's roots can be traced to Britain. The exact origin of the holiday isn't known for sure. There are many theories, but all agree that the holiday began with the practice of giving cash or durable goods to those of the lower classes. Gifts among equals were exchanged on or before Christmas Day, but those less fortunate received theirs the day after ( in boxes often with food leftovers ) . This includes gifts from employers to their workers.Only in the last century has Boxing Day become a holiday. Combining Christmas Day and Boxing Day as holidays encouraged the tradition of families getting together at Christmas time. It's also the start of the post-Christmas bargain shopping season and the start of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.http://alldownunder.com/oz-k/date/boxing-day.htm"