‘Good old King Wencelas – Bohemian benefactor?’

I’m typing this post on 26th December, the feast of Stephen – otherwise known as Boxing Day.  Traditionally this is the day where presents were opened by the needy – given by the privileged.  Well I suppose  we are either too needy now, or we just couldn’t wait, as the majority of us open our presentsContinue reading “‘Good old King Wencelas – Bohemian benefactor?’”

‘Christmas an anti climax?’

After a huge Christmas dinner, it has been decided (the same as every year) that I MUST go on a diet in the New Year.  In fact this always becomes a resolution that doesn’t take long for me to rebel against.  One of my Christmas presents was a pair of snow boots! What a coincidence thatContinue reading “‘Christmas an anti climax?’”

Boxing Day – lucky for some: unlucky for wrens

  I never knew there were so many traditions associated with Boxing day.  From giving gifts to the lower classes of people to the stoning of wrens!   Apparently this to relates to the stoning of St Stephen (whose birthday it also is).  There are some interesting facts about Boxing Day on these sites: –http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/boxingday.asp http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/boxingday.shtml Tom Smith  http://www.thekingofcrackers.co.uk/reproduction-prints.htm