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Old 12-23-2007, 10:38 PM   #11
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Well as Christmas Eve is already half way over here, by the time you guys have Christmas, I'll be on to Boxing Day so I expect I'll be on after lunch sometime. May even log on Christmas Day but may not be until quite late. All depends how fried I get I guess. If my mum goes for a lay down in the afternoon, I may log on then too.
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:40 AM   #12
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Gosh, I guess this is the thread.

Bilby we turned to Christmas Eve here about half an hour ago. Hope your Christmas is merry.

Am taking a few minutes and a wee dram of whisky to relax.

We bought a standing rib roast and it is drying in the fridge - have found that is a great way to do roast beast. Leave it for about three or four days naked on a rack.

Then are going to make Yorkshire pud and some veggies. And whatever else we feel like.

When ther are just two of you things can be casual.

Merry Christmas y'all.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:00 AM   #13
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Tell us about Boxing Day, Bilby.

I could look it up, but it's nicer to hear about it from a friend.

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Old 12-24-2007, 08:18 AM   #14
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Hi guys,
a quick hello and then I'm off to dialysis and will be home about 10:00am.
It's Christmas eve here too..Lots to do today and the best being, having all the little ones bouncing around with happy faces...

sharing a mug or glass of something yummy and some cookies and fudge..
See ya all later..
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:28 AM   #15
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Tell us about Boxing Day, Bilby.

I could look it up, but it's nicer to hear about it from a friend.

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Gee Lee, now you're testing my history knowledge!!! Boxing Day is really St Stephen's Day (as in the carol - Good King Wenceslas, "...on the feast of Stephen"), December 26. Tradition has it that you would give a present to people who had worked for you, in my childhood, that was the garbo, postie, milko, etc; in my mum's time it would have included the coal man and the ice man, and probably the bloke who did the septics. Go back even further and it was gifts the poor, your serfs and your servants. We would use an envelope now but previously it would have been a box. Depending on what era you talk about, would depend on what went into the envelope/box - coins, food, cloth, etc.

I can't recall whether St Stephen had anything to do with this or whether it is just a coincidence that the two days fall on the same day.

We get it as a public holiday as England proclaimed it as a Bank Holiday way back when for all her subjects incl the colonies. [Aside: Because we were/are a colony, we also have this lovely employment condition called long service leave, which I believe Americans don't have. After so many years of service with the same employer (with mine it is seven years), you are entitled to so many weeks leave. I've never been eligible so can't tell you how many weeks - think it is three months but could be wrong. This came about cos of when we were first settled. It took so long for the officers to return to England for leave that LSL was introduced. And we have never given it up!!!]

For Australians, Boxing Day traditionally means catching up with the rest of the family and friends that you missed in the previous two days, eating up leftovers, watching the Boxing Day International Test Cricket Match or the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, or just recovering from the stress that is usually Christmas. It is also a time for the kids to play with the toys that they got but never really got a chance to get into going to all the rellies places. And for a lot it is also a time for beaches or the movies. In the Eastern States, I think the sales start but Perth doesn't have trading on Boxing Day. And for the self-employed it is just a relief!!

Now I'm sure I have made a few over simplifications or got some points slightly wrong but for a spur of the moment recollection, that's the best I can do!! Hope it helps!!
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:30 AM   #16
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Hi guys,
a quick hello and then I'm off to dialysis and will be home about 10:00am.
It's Christmas eve here too..Lots to do today and the best being, having all the little ones bouncing around with happy faces...

sharing a mug or glass of something yummy and some cookies and fudge..
See ya all later..
kades
Have a good session Kadesma and a merry Christmas too! It is often a fun session (well here it was) with the nurses giving out bits of the forbidden fruit cake or chocolates. I tried to get them to swing to a bottle of bubbly instead but they just weren't into that idea!!!
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:45 AM   #17
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Oh wow, Bilby! I had this vague notion that Boxing Day was just a day off to clean up all the boxes and mess as a fallout of Christmas! In fact, I could have sworn that a Bermudian TOLD me that. I'm so gullible.

Bummer that we, once British colonies, did NOT keep the "long term leave" tradition. I certainly could use it!

Love your colorful idioms! Thanks for the explie! :-)

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day, Bilby!

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Old 12-24-2007, 08:47 AM   #18
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Bilby...Thanks for the interesting read on Boxing Day. Like Miiss Lee said I could have looked it up, but you made it much more interesting!!
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:54 AM   #19
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Glad I could provide everyone with a bit of a diversion from those last minute tasks before the Day happens.

Lee, a lot of people say that about taking the boxes out on Christmas Day but I don't think it is really right historically but it is also true, as people do often clear up from the Day and throw things out. Some even lose the tree on Boxing Day. So don't feel gullible cos it is touted as that too. Who knows, it may even be the real reason but we have made it sound better by giving it the more noble definition!!!

Australian life IS an idiom!!! LOL (I hate to think what they colloquially called the man who did the septics!!!!)
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Old 12-24-2007, 09:54 AM   #20
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I love this forum, for one reason I learn so much.

I went and Googled about Boxing day. Yep, it seems that people would get or give someone a bonus or gift, apparently monetary, in a box or so it seems.

Maybe the basis of the Christmas bonus for all I know.

Anyway by my calculation, and that can be off by a lot, it is now Christmas in Australia and New Zealand. So a very Merry Christmas to you folks.

Know there are a lot on this forum.

Take care and again Merry Christmas.
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