Yesterday was Boxing Day, and so I asked a friend about the holiday who actually knew quite a bit about it. It is not an American tradition, but goodness…we should certainly take the lead from the Europeans on this one! For those who don’t know, Boxing Day a day dedicated to collecting goods and money for the needy. Brilliant, huh? Why don’t we have anything like this in America? I’d be curious to learn just how much money was raised on that one day and to hear about an itemized list of the goods collected. I bet so much change for the better comes out of Boxing Day, and what an incredible tradition.
I also really love that Boxing Day is typically celebrated on the day after Christmas. Imagine teaching children about receiving and giving in a 24 hour period. What an amazing lesson and thoughtfulness are taught in households in Europe. I am so impressed, but I am also equally as stunned that America has not adapted this holiday. Why the heck not?
In honor of this beautiful tradition, my song of the day is Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.” Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear this beautiful song and to think about the lovely tradition of giving. Way to go, Europe! We have a lot to learn from you.