Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Yes, we had a white Christmas. There was additional snow on Boxing Day. In Britain, Boxing Day is usually celebrated on the day after Christmas, which is 26 December. However, strictly speaking, Boxing Day is the first weekday after Christmas.

An 'Alms Box' was placed in every church on Christmas Day, into which worshipers placed a gift for the poor of the parish. These boxes were always opened the day after Christmas, which is why that day became know as Boxing Day.

Many poorly paid domestic workers were required to work on Christmas Day and took the following day off to visit their families and celebrate Christmas. As they prepared to leave their places of employment, their employers would present them with Christmas boxes.

During the late 18th century, Lords and Ladies of the manor would "box up" their leftover food, or sometimes gifts and distribute them the day after Christmas to tenants who lived and worked on their lands.

A huge snow storm moved up the East Coast this Boxing Day. Travel was a problem. Our good friends planned a vacation in New York City. On Christmas Day they drove to Columbus, with plans to fly out at 10:00 AM the next day for New York City. They sent a text message explaining that, because of the snow storm, the flight to LaGuardia was delayed. They finally flew out at around 12:30. Problem- all flights into LaGuardia in New York City were canceled. The folks landed in Albany, NY around 3:00, and were about 160 miles from NYC. Next came the announcement that they would be bussed all folks into New York, which involved blizzard conditions and 40-mile-an-hour winds. They finally arrived at the Port Authority of New York City where they took the subway and then walked several blocks through the blizzard carrying luggage to their hotel. It was after 11 P.M. when they finally reached their hotel. New York City had 13 inches of white fluffies! Wow! I am tired and I did not even live through this adventure.

They actually fulfilled John Candy and Steve Martin's 1987 movie "Planes, Trains (the subway), and Automobiles" (well, auto trip to Columbus and the most exciting bus trip)." Brrrrrrrrr!


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