As I write this, throngs of people are already home from shopping the after-Christmas sales, having stocked up on wrapping paper and cards for next Christmas. I too was tempted to hit The Container Store and buy their fun stretchy ribbon at 50% off.
But the original purpose for Boxing Day in the UK and beyond was this: bosses give gifts (in boxes) to their employees. The underlings rest while the overlings appreciate them. How lovely.
Sadly, Boxing Day is now the Black Friday of various Commonwealth nations. Or here in the US, it’s simply known as another shopping day.
It’s too late for our friends already in line at Target, but – for those of us fortunate enough to have another day off from work on the day after Christmas, let’s take a moment to appreciate people who make our lives easier: the postal carrier, the police officer, the teacher, the secretary, the public works official.
An authentic “thank you so much for all you do” would be lovely.