On Boxing Day

Iain Mackenzie, no friend of the landed gentry, has a Boxing Day post over at Sleeping Hedgehog.

I remember when it really meant something as opposed to the shopping holiday it has become.

It’s origins start off apparently in the Christmas Carol, ‘Good King Wenceslas’. Wenceslas, who was Duke of Bohemia in the early 10th century, was surveying his land on St. Stephen’s Day which Is the 26th of December hen he was said to have seen a peasant gathering wood in the middle of a snowstorm. The storytellers have it that the King gathered up surplus food and wine and carried them through the blizzard to the peasant’s door.

Might be true, might not. Nice story though.

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