So what is “Boxing Day?”
In Britain, it was a custom for tradespeople to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. This custom is linked to an older British tradition: since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts, bonuses and sometimes leftover food.
So, now you know.
It’s a cool, damp day, after the 77 on Christmas Day. The temperature is up and down like a yo-yo. Tomorrow begins a stretch of 70-degree temps until Friday, and then it drops to 52 with an overnight temp of 37. Brrr.
I had a very nice Christmas day, quiet, with no visitors. I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner, at the Waffle House, which was packed.
I was amazed because I thought most people would be home or with their families, but apparently not so.
Likewise, this morning. If anything it was probably busier than yesterday. One of the waitresses told me that on a busy day like that they can take in $1,500 – $2,000 for breakfast alone!
I don’t see many licence plates from Canada, though, although I did meet a couple from Keswick last week.
more next time.