The Boxer, #549

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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.

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About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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