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  • v ELIZACG9
    WE are only one month into winter.. emoticon
    spring starts March 21.. emoticon

    we have wind and it is nippy out..
    have a lovely weekend.. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    152 days ago
    good morning barb ,,so glad you added me I need all the support I can get
    looking forward to getting to know you as well emoticon
    167 days ago
    Hi Barb,
    Boxing day is pretty much like Christmas day but without the presents!
    Christmas presents are more correctly called Christmas boxes, it started off, hundreds of years ago, with charity boxes being left in the churches on Christmas day which were opened the next day and distributed among the poor...hence boxing day.

    It was also the traditional day off for servants who, after waiting on their master through Christmas day, were given leave to visit their families. They were given a Christmas box which usually contained a small gift, a money bonus and any left over food.

    It is also St. Stephen's day, as in the carol 'Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen' so it's classed as a Bank Holiday which means a day off from work.
    St. Stephen is the patron saint of horses so the traditional Fox Hunt meet is held on Boxing day too. Fox hunting was banned some years ago but they hold with the tradition and follow a man made trail. We usually go down to the middle of the village to see the riders, resplendent in their hunting pinks (actually bright red jackets) take their stirrup cup and look at the horses and hounds....missed it this year though!

    When we were children everything stopped that day, no shops open, no buses, trains etc and you visited family or they visited you the same as Christmas day, it was traditional to eat up the turkey leftovers or, if there were none left, cook a piece of pork or beef and have that with all the trimmings. We then visited the hunt meet and then back home for a 'pot luck' tea of whatever was left. Nowadays it seems to be just another day, all the sales, which traditionally began on Jan 2nd, now begin on Boxing day and all the shop are open.

    Happy New Year to you and Yours Barb xx emoticon
    171 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/2/2018 4:32:54 AM
  • v ELIZACG9
    emoticon no plans here for tonight...
    church this morning.. emoticon

    breezy out not bad....stay warm in the snow... emoticon
    172 days ago
    Hi Barb,
    It's good to hear you had a lovely Christmas even if things didn't go according to plan.
    Ours was a quiet Christmas day, just me and DH, but boxing day with the kids was delightful, it's so different when children are involved.

    We've had two snow falls and freezing temperatures over the week, it's melting fast but we're now expecting storm Dylan, he's only supposed to be rain and wind though, no snow!

    We don't go out on New Years Eve now but we toast the New Year in at midnight whilst watching the firework displays over London, which they show on the telly, and join in with 'Auld Lang Syne' after the chimes of Big Ben...he's silenced through the next two years whilst they do repair work but it's being restored for Christmas and New Year.
    Then on New Years day we're invited to Jason's for the day which will be lovely, I'm really looking forward to it.

    All the very best for 2018 to you and yours Barb, l hope it's a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year for you all. emoticon

    173 days ago
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