Boxing Day

Today is Boxing Day here in Australia. There are several theories as to where “boxing day” may have originated, some dating back to the middle ages when serfs would gather in the manor of their lord and they would receive their stipends and other practical gifts in boxes, hence “Boxing Day”. According to wikipedia, it was customary for churches to open the donation box on Christmas day and then distribute the donations to the poor the following day, so “boxing day” referred to the donation box.

Like Thanksgiving, Boxing Day holds its sporting traditions. The Sydney-Hobart yacht race started today at noon, and the 1-day test match (cricket) began today. The Sydney to Hobart race consists of hundreds of sail boats sailing 630 nautical miles (1,170 kms or 727 miles) with the current record being 1 day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds, held by Wild Oats XI who got off to a flying start this morning. There is also a shopping tradition and the sales today are equivalent to the “black Friday sales” the day after Thanksgiving. The traffic on the way to my Nana’s house this morning was RIDICULOUS! They were all headed for the shopping mall by her house. We ended up heading over there too, around 1 pm to go see “P.S. I Love You”.

In un-Australian-holiday-related stuff, the movie “P.S. I Love You” was pretty good in that one second you are crying then it makes you laugh. Or you are laughing one second and the next you cry. In short summary, its about a 28/29 year old woman who loses her husband to a brain tumor. She reminded me a lot of myself – always worried about money and where their life was going and “what if this is as good as it gets” for them. Anyway, he apparently knew about the tumor, though you don’t see any of that in the movie, and he set up letters to be delivered to her over the next year. It was definitely a chick flick, great date movie, or just a good one to get the girls together for a good ol’ cry!

Mike had yesterday and today off, but is back to work tomorrow and Friday. I’m hoping either Saturday or Sunday we’ll get to go to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where they have kangaroos, koalas and other Aussie animals.

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