Christmas was nice. My sister-out-law Eva is a holiday enthusiast, thank goodness. Despite the poo-poos from others, she put up a beautiful Christmas tree last month and she and her hubby host Christmas lunch. The table looked beautiful and there was lots of delicious food including pork, lamb, prawns, scalloped potatoes (I loved these), roasted veggies, and several sweets for dessert such as apple pie (for me), lamingtons, cake, and Christmas pudding (it’s not really pudding and it’s definitely not for me) with vanilla ice cream, custard (which is different from what Americans generally refer to as custard), and other creams for pouring over them.
Today is Boxing Day. The origin of this day is obscure, but may have it’s origins in a British custom where tradesmen collected Christmas boxes of money or gifts on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. If you ask people what’s behind Boxing Day, most will say they don’t know. What they do know, however, is that stores have major sales today. That’s right, folks, Boxing Day is about shopping!
I’m told Boxing Day compares to the American Black Friday. Stores open as early as 5am and have dramatic price reductions. Retailers predict Australians will spend $2.5 billion dollars today alone. It’s a critical day for retailers.
I appreciate a sale anytime, but I would have appreciated a big sale a lot more before Christmas. I never go to Black Friday sales though. I don’t like that workers are pulled away from their families so soon after Thanksgiving (sometimes still during Thanksgiving) and I really don’t like the chaos that ensues. Boxing Day is a little better in this regard since it takes place after the holidays and, perhaps not surprisingly, I haven’t seen any reports of injuries.
Do you shop on Black Friday or Boxing Day? What kind of bargains are you looking for?