Tradition has it that this was the day when the Royalty or the rich gave gifts to tradesmen and staff in Christmas Boxes.....hence Boxing Day. I always thought it was because people had one too many boxing matches to wear off the kilojoules accumulated on the Christmas Day! Maybe it was the fighting over the sale items in major shops that gave it the name?
|One of the any vantage points of Sydney Harbour|
Over the 14 odd years that I have been living in Sydney, 26th December - Boxing Day has offered a kaleidoscope of events and activities that one can enjoy....other than sleeping and recovering from the festive hangover.
Ask any Sydneysider what they do on Boxing Day and the answers will vary from Boxing Day sales, Boxing Day test match, Sydney to Hobart race start, switching television channels to watch both - the test match and the yacht race while recovering from a Christmas Day hangover of food, alcohol, gifts and of course family!
I have done it all!
- Staying at home, being a couch potato and watching cricket while eating raisin bread
- Doing a huddle and a shuffle with fellow shoppers outside David Jones or Myers. From memory it would have put the Thanksgiving weekend sales footage from the US to shame!
|Picture courtesy Page by Dave Filmer |
- Watching the test match live at the stadium in the hope of meeting Mr. Right and if that didn't work at least making new friends and broadening my circles - so that I would eventually meet him!
- Taking a picnic to the heads with some friends and watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart race
- Sailing on a friend's boat to watch the start of the race on water while drinking a glass of champagne and basking in the sun with a bunch of strangers
- Working as a Manager on Duty at a five star hotel, even receiving a "Christmas Box" from some overseas guest that felt sorry for me working on a public holiday
So what will it be this year, 2013?
You guessed it! We will be on board OzCat with hopefully family and friends, the three fridges and freezer well stocked with drinks that can hydrate us all while we watch the start of the race and follow the boats to the heads. Hopefully some chilled Salmon Gravalax, fresh salad, spuds and may be even some sausages on the barbie for anyone recovering from the hangover.
For those of you who can't get their minds of the cricket match, there is a television on board. I am sure we could all still shop at the Boxing Day sales on our the iPads, iPhones, androids and tablets while avoiding the huddle and shuffle in the shops.
What a way to combine it all and enjoy a lovely afternoon celebrating the year it has been!