Boxing Day is an English tradition dating back to the days of Queen Victoria. Back then the more affluent people would box up all their Christmas Day leftovers and deliver them to poor people so they could share in the celebrations. The day came to be known as ‘Boxing Day’ and became so important that in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other countries, Boxing Day is a public holiday.
Boxing Day in Australia is celebrated in a casual and much less formal day than Christmas Day. Many people go on picnics and thousands head to the waterways and beaches where Christmas Day leftovers are traditionally eaten while relaxing and unwinding under the full heat of the summer’s sun.
Our Boxing Day celebrations were held at my parents’ home with just a few less numbers than we had on Christmas Day. The grandchildren played in the pool while the adults sat around on reclining chairs talking about what a lovely Christmas it had been.
Meanwhile, a glazed leg of ham sizzled away on the bar-be-cue while we relaxed with a glass of champagne.
The table was casually set and the ham was sliced and served on a platter with baguettes and a variety of condiments.
After the lunch we enjoyed a selection of sweet treats. Millie had made Christmas shortbread in a variety of shapes and also some florentines.
There was store-bought nougat and some gorgeous chocolates Em had bought while in Paris on a business trip.
After several hours of fun in the pool, the children dried themselves off and opened their little stockings that are hung for them every year and are filled with little trinkets.
Yes, it was another day of over-eating but a good day at that.
Do you celebrate Boxing Day?