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Boxing Day Today

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Today is Boxing Day in England, the day after Christmas when you take the boxes back to the store. We lived in England for 3 years in the 70"s stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Suffolk near Ipswich, England. I never fully understood boxing day as all the stores were closed and it was a holiday so how could you take the boxes back? Maybe someone out there can give me a good explanation.
Last night we watched Julie and Julia! What a lovely movie. I love to write and do a monthly interior decorating column for our local newspaper. Can I put a link on here to it? Anyway, Julie had a goal to cook every recipe in Julia's cookbook in one year. And she did it! And got published and had a movie made.
I need to set a goal for next year. One major goal and I am reluctant to put it in writing for fear I will not succeed. It is the usual goal of sticking to some sort of weight loss/exercise program which falls by the wayside by the end of January. Someone please help me to get over this hump.
I would love to write a book. Maybe I could set a goal of cooking every night. We eat out a LOT! Maybe I could set a goal of cooking a healthy meal from sparkpeople every night or one of the many diet cookbooks I have. Maybe my Blog should be titled "How I lost weight!" That would be a postive statement. I've already got a stumbling block ahead of me. I will be out of town or away from my computer for several days in January so those are blank days in my mind. Maybe I should break down and finally get a laptop. Maybe someone out there, if you read this, can help me with this. Or maybe just musing and messing around, I'll figure it out. I'll be back.
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    Very interesting about Boxing Day.

    I agree. Give yourself a laptop. Give yourself a reason to succeed.
    3067 days ago
    Boxing day has nothing to do with taking boxes back to stores: it stems from the (very old!) tradition of servants having their holiday the day after Christmas. Because wealthy and aristocratic families celebrated Christmas on THE day, their servants had to work, cooking, serving, cleaning up - doing all the things they always did, but times three (or four, or whatever). So as a reward, employers would hand out 'the Christmas boxes' on 26 December, then let servants have the day off to spend with their own families. Christmas boxes could be really good - how about £100 pound bonus? or all the goodies for a really upscale Christmas dinner? High-ranking servants would get things like smoked pheasant, velvet jackets for the men, toilet water for the women. Young domestics just starting on the staff - usually the kitchen skivvies or stable boys - would get less valuable gifts, things like new linen handkerchiefs or even new shoes, and maybe a Christmas cake or plum pudding to take home to their folks.

    Sorry, I rambled a bit. I used to be a tour guide at a National Trust property - does it show? lol...

    As for 'Fear of Failure'... well, I'm in the same place you are. I know the old saw about not letting fear keep you from attempting to reach a goal: if you don't try, you can't fail, but you can't succeed either. So what's to do?!?

    I am setting up a small (emphasis on 'small') list of New Year's goals - not resolutions, but GOALS. They are tiny, tiny steps, but any forward movement is progress (my new mantra), and so like Celine Dion's heart, I will go on.

    p.s. Yes. Get the laptop. :-)
    3068 days ago
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