Sometimes it’s just not enough to get together on Christmas Day, you have to spend Boxing Day together too. Christmas is the ultimate celebration but with a large family it can be hectic and stressful and busy and challenging. No one in my family would swap this for any different experience but despite this, there’s always some relief about Boxing Day.
I love the idea behind Boxing Day and how it started with the wealthy boxing up all their excess and leftovers from Christmas Day and distributing them to the poor and less fortunate the next day. With that in mind, our family met on Boxing Day at a clubhouse on a beach and shared what we had leftover from Christmas. (Okay, so not everything was leftover, there were some things freshly prepared like the Onion Marmalade I made to go with my mother’s glazed ham and my cousin’s sweet things that she baked that morning).
This was a far more relaxing and casual day than Christmas with kids running around on the beach and the kitchen serving lunch on paper plates and paper napkins and a help-yourself bar. There were no presents and no seating arrangements and no dress codes so this was a very relaxed event which is exactly what Boxing Day should be.
The weather could have been better. It was cool with grey skies but this did keep the crowds away and while Boxing Day is one of the most crowded days on any Australian beach, this year the weather kept the masses away. The upside to this was that we had no trouble parking and could drive right up to the venue (some of us were thinking the closest we would be able to park would be around 15 minutes away) and we had the beach to ourselves.
Everyone brought something already plated and here’s a glimpse of what we shared…
I really must get the recipe for the Rocky Road. It was so full of not only marshmallows and nuts but lots of glace fruits as well.
And that’s how we spent Boxing Day. It was such a relaxed and enjoyable affair. Everyone left out voicing we should do it all again next year. I hope your Boxing Day was similar.