Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Twas The Day After Christmas

Can you believe Christmas day has come and gone? Sigh...

Well, I trust you all had a lovely celebration with loved ones, and enjoyed good food and treats like this...


and this...


Personally, I’m not a huge fan of candy canes, and I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth even for chocolate, but a sugary treat now and then works for me. And Hershey's kisses are a favourite.

Today is Boxing Day in Canada. It’s primarily known as a shopping holiday; similar to Black Friday in the United States. Shops offer dramatic price reduction sales on some items, and people flock to these places, sometimes lining up outside the stores for quite a few hours before they open. And if you live in the big city, boxing day at the malls is total madness.

I don’t do boxing day. The crowds, the noise, the pushing and shoving (how quickly we move beyond the ‘good will to all’ mode), and the utter lunacy of it all is something I steer clear of, not flock towards. But if it does something for you, and you enjoy the mobs of people, hey, more power to you. As for me, I’m just going to kick back and relax today.

But no matter how you plan to spend the day, here are some cartoons to tickle your funny bone.






Of course, boxing day to a cat has a whole different meaning...


Have a lovely day, everyone!

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  1. Hope you had a lovely day too, Martha. Boxing Day here as well, but don't think any shops are open. I wouldn't have the stamina anyway!

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    1. I know what you mean, Sulky. The holidays tire us out. Who has energy for the craziness at the stores?!

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  2. When I was young (in university), I used to venture out on boxing day to buy 50% off Xmas wrap and tags, just because it was so expensive to begin with. But I haven't stuck my nose outside the front door on boxing day in years now. Enjoy your quiet day too!

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    1. I think I've gone to boxing day twice in my life. Not my type of thing. A quiet day - like the one I had yesterday - was just perfect. Hope you had one, too!

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  3. I want Boxing Day too!!!! I haven't even dared outing around malls and the shops... Honestly, I live close to one of the busiest malls in the country and the other day I had to go through this adventure just to make it home... not fun at all. I love Hershey's. Yum!

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    1. I live in a small city, so our Boxing Day nuttiness isn't as bad as the previous big city I lived in. Still. I'd rather have a quiet day than be running around the malls.

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  4. Christmas is over? I barely got my house decorated and the presents wrapped! We are continuing the celebration for a few more days. I think I need a nap, we still have New Years to get through too! BTW, I am loving your candy photos you've done!

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    1. I know...it's pretty shocking that the day is over. Time goes by much too quickly!

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  5. Boxing Day in Nova Scotia is a holiday and no stores are allowed to open! That's perfectly OK with us as we are with you Martha and don't like the 'crowds either!
    LOL the cartoons!

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    1. That's great, Jim! It should be a holiday, and people can rest up after Christmas day!

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  6. It sounds like you had a great day, Martha. It's hard for me to adjust to the fact that Boxing Day is not a holiday in Rhode Island...not to mention the fact that we have no snow whatsoever.
    Candy canes are good, but I also love the peppermint bark.

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    1. We had a very dry Christmas last year, but this year it was white. It seems so odd when there's no snow during this holiday. I've never tried peppermint bark. That sounds quite interesting.

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  7. Martha not a little bit happy you had to go through the same "pleasant" unnecessary comments by those around you, but I hear you...sometimes one just feels like corking their mouth. Wish we could "mute" some people like we do it on TV.

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    1. Hahahaha...love that: 'corking their mouth'. Yes, wouldn't that be great if we could actually do that?!

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  8. Thank you for explaining all about Boxing Day...We don't have it yet, but I'm sure it'll come very soon... Enjoy...

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    1. I wouldn't be surprised, Viera. Seems companies will do anything to extend the period of people spending money!

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  9. I've never been one to go out on boxing day either and truthfully, I can't see the need as the Boxing Day sales seem to start at Hallowe'en and end at Easter these days. :)

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    1. You are so right, Francie. Seems like every other day is a 'sales' day! I'd rather be taking it easy during the holidays than to be running around for more stuff I don't really need.

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  10. I have always thought that Boxing Day was a very sane holiday to have after Christmas - the Nova Scotian type that Jim mentioned, when all the stores are closed and you could graze on leftover turkey and fixings. When I was little in Canada, I thought Boxing Day was for the sport boxing. Since my dad loved boxing, it only made sense. Here in the US boxing day is not observed, and I have always considered that very uncivilized! I'm with you - no going to crazy mall days!

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    1. Hahahaha...love that story of you thinking boxing day was all about boxing. That is exactly what it would seem like from a child's perspective! I like the Nova Scotian way for boxing day.

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