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This week I have something short and silly I'd like to share with you... but hey, it was news to me!
Have you ever heard of Boxing Day?
Right after Christmas, my bloggy friend Jenni and I were emailing back and forth and she mentioned that she did not realize people would actually still blog on Boxing Day... apparently it's almost as important as Christmas Day! Jenni is an English girl, so I knew immediately this must have something to do with the UK.
My first imaginings as to what this strange "Boxing Day" entailed went something like this: people sitting around watching an important boxing match, dressed up in their champs colors and eating delicious appetizers and drinks... kind of like the English version of Super Bowl Sunday, right? But then I remembered that Europeans are really more into
soccer football, and as far as I knew Premier League matches didn't call for national holidays, so I must have been off.
Holy moly!! Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box," from their bosses or employers. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on December 26. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and other Commonwealth nations. Say what?!
I sat, fuming, from my desk at work.
And what were these alleged "bank holidays?"
Shut the front door! A bank holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, and other European countries. Although there is no automatic right to time off on these days, banks close and the majority of the working population is granted time off work or extra pay for working on these days. Currently, there are 17 bank and public holidays! I checked this against my company's holiday schedule (which includes just 10.5 paid holidays throughout the year) while gradually beginning to simultaneously seethe with anger and turn green with envy. Not fair, dude.
But there you have it... Boxing Day: Not a sporting event.