Re: Thought for the Day (Happy Boxing Day!) - An Addendum

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Posted by Christina on December 28, 2000 at 20:58:54:

In Reply to: Re: Thought for the Day (Happy Boxing Day!) - An Addendum posted by Kate on December 28, 2000 at 20:45:37:

: : : : : : : Irish Coffee is the perfect breakfast because it contains all four adult food groups: fat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.

: : : : : : : (Anon)

: : : : : : Huggy.....

: : : : : : Not to correct, but to add.......there are five elements in the adult food forgot the prescription pain killers!

: : : : : : And i think the British celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen today (according to the Chieftain's "Bells of Dublin" album).

: : : : : : Uncle Dave

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: : : : : St Stephens Day is not generally celebrated in England, it is very much an Irish celebration - I am not sure about north of the border....Miss Katie? Is it Boxing Day or St Stephens Day in Scotland?!

: : : : : HM

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: : : : Now THIS was an excellent 'Thought' for today, let me tell ya!

: : : : Do the Scots celebrate St. Stephen's Day? Well, yes and no. The Scots consider the 26th as 'Boxing Day'. However, in Scotland, at all the Church services on Christmas Eve, (throughout all denominations), collections are taken but instead of going to the church as they normally would do, the proceeds of these collections are handed over to various charities, which have been selected. This is normally done on the 26th, in recognition and in celebration of St. Stephen's Day.

: : : : Kate.

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: : : Can I just add that, it is because of St. Stephen's Day, that Boxing Day is a public holiday in Scotland (and, contrary to popular belief, not just to give us an extra day's 'drinking time'! :o)

: : : K.

: : I'm wondering if any of the immigrants to this country celebrated these feasts in any way once they got over here. I seem to recall in Sharyn McCrumb's book "Ballad of Frankie Silver" someone talked about celebrating Twelfth Night or "Old Christmas" back in the late eighteenth century in north Carolina...

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: And talking of 'Twelfth Night', well WE... (gets VERY boring, doesn't it!! :o)... here in Scotland, all our Christmas decorations have to come down by 'Twelfth Night' (6th of January), otherwise not to do so signifies bad luck for the rest of the year. Believe me, people take them down!! :o)

: Kate.

That's usually the way of it in many countries, although around HERE there are way too many people who put up the decorations on Thanksgiving and then pitch them the day after Christmas, which I've never understood. Interestingly enough, we traditionally keep ours up until Jan. 14 because my late mother was Byzantine Catholic (Slovak by heritage) and in the "old" days the Byzantine faith celebrated Christmas on Jan. 7 and New Year's on Jan. 14. We referred to both of these days as "Little" Christmas and "Little" New Year's. Hence, we were also true oddities for still having our greenery and lights up at those late dates!

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