Boxing Day – How And Why You Should Celebrate It

December 26 marks the most under celebrated holiday in the United States. We all know that Americans are not averse to celebrating holidays, so why is it that so few of us celebrate Boxing Day?

The answer lies in two related concepts – ignorance and corporate sponsorship.

I know, same thing, right? Let’s continue.

Sponsored Ignorance

calendar, December 2010

Circle it on your calendar. Your calendar, not this one (Image by hichako via Flickr)

I was a boy when I first saw Boxing Day noted on the calendar. I spoke to my parents about my discovery but neither could answer my question. This was disappointing. I thought my parents knew everything.

Decades later, I have come to understand that my parents do know everything, except about Boxing Day. That exception is because of the conspiracy between the greeting card and sparking wine industries to protect their profits by making Boxing Day a non-factor as a holiday. Read the rest of this entry »

The tragedy of the hors d’oeuvres

This weekend, one of the big stories in the US is the blizzard that swept up the east coast.

The other kind.

Reporters have pretty thoroughly covered the usual topics – how many inches of snow, the roads that are closed and how many people lost electricity. The story of people marooned at closed airports has been done. There is one topic that has been missed – the tragedy of cancelled Christmas parties and the resulting glut of hors d’ oeuvres. Read the rest of this entry »