Welcome to the Fifth Day of the Advent Calendar Blog Hop!
Jo of Serendipitous Stitching has organized us to count down the days to Christmas.
Since I have definitely underperformed in the stitching area this year, I chose to share an ornament that I stitched a while ago and finished two years ago. I love this finish, and I thought I'd give it a better show than it got back then. This is monsterbubbles Joyeux Noel from the 2007 JCS Ornament Issues
Jo asks, How do you plan to spend Boxing Day? Do you have any traditions associated with this day?
As you've learned from the Americans who've answered before me, we don't traditionally celebrate Boxing Day. When I was young, we used to either head to Boston to spend our Christmas loot at the sales or to the Carroll Reed sale closer to home.
Then, I married a Brit. We didn't develop any specific Boxing Day celebrations right away, not until my parents moved to Florida, and we started celebrating Christmas in Pennsylvania. My cousin hosted Christmas Eve, my sister Christmas Day, so we started hosting a Boxing Day celebration filled with...Polish food! I don't know how we landed on that idea, but we went to the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and bought pierogies of various flavors, and kielbasi, and cvikla (a beet puree), and I made bigos. My family is of Polish (and French Canadian) origin, but we in our forty years of celebrating, we never ate pierogies on Wigilia (the Christmas eve celebration that is our tradition). But because we do celebrate Wigilia with my mother's family, and then Christmas Day with our family, having another weighty dinner is getting to be a lot.
I'm not sure about this year. My father isn't coming to Pennsylvania for Christmas, and my mother is returning to Florida (and him) on Christmas Day without us this year. The dude and I are looking forward to a quiet homey Christmas Day with no obligations (we'll see) but I don't know whether or not we'll want to gather the remnants of our family on Boxing Day. Partly because my aunt's birthday is on December 27th. That's a whole lot of togetherness + big meals.
This is probably a lot more detail than you were hoping for, but I think I may have needed to think some of this through. Thank you for indulging me!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing Boxing Day wherever you celebrate!