Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Boxing Day!

When is it?
December 26th, Boxing Day takes place on December 26th or the following Monday if December 26 falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

Where did it come from?
Boxing Day began in England, in the middle of the nineteenth century, under Queen Victoria. Boxing Day, also known as St. Stephen's Day, was a way for the upper class to give gifts of cash, or other goods, to those of the lower classes.

Where is Boxing Day celebrated?
Boxing Day is celebrated in Australia, Britain, New Zealand, and Canada.

How is Boxing Day celebrated?
There seems to be two theories on the origin of Boxing Day and why it is celebrated. The first is that centuries ago, on the day after Christmas, members of the merchant class would give boxes containing food and fruit, clothing, and/or money to trades people and servants. The gifts were an expression of gratitude much like when people receive bonuses, from their employer, for a job well done, today. These gifts, given in boxes, gave the holiday it's name, "Boxing Day".

The second thought is that Boxing Day comes from the tradition of opening the alms boxes placed in churches over the Christmas season. The contents thereof which were distributed amongst the poor, by the clergy, the day after Christmas.

Today, Boxing Day is spent with family and friends with lots of food and sharing of friendship and love. Government buildings and small businesses are closed but the malls are open and filled with people exchanging gifts or buying reduced priced Christmas gifts, cards, and decorations.

To keep the tradition of Boxing Day alive, many businesses, organizations, and families donate their time, services, and money to aid Food Banks and provide gifts for the poor, or they may choose to help an individual family that is in need.

What a great extension of the Christmas holiday spirit. You might consider making this holiday a tradition in your family. No matter where you live the simple principle of giving to others less fortunate than yourself can be put into practice.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Random Christmas Sightings

The Art Center
of Corpus Christi

Great Art, Great People, Great Fun!

Get Ready for Christmas

Fun, Beachy Christmas Cards!

Scratch Pads and
Checkbook Covers make
great stocking stuffers.

Beachy Gift Tags,
for Christmas & more.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Voice Your Opinion, Please

Vote for your favorite bracelet in the Poll to the right. These 3 are in the running. Their names are "Stars on the Beach", "Swimming Mermaid", and "Beachy Sand Dollars
All 3 are available in the Beachcombers Cove Etsy Shop.

Don't miss the Huge Holiday Sale there!

Update: "Beachy Sand Dollars" has been sold, but another handmade sand dollar bracelet will soon take its place.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

F is for Friday Fossils

Maybe this is because I'm feeling like one lately, but I found some really cool fossils.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Silly Sunday, Just for a Laugh

Silly, an adjective:
1. weak-minded or lacking in good sense; stupid or foolish.
2. absurd, ridiculous, irrational
3. stunned, dazed

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Texas Tuesday

In honor of the State Fair of Texas! Growing up in Dallas, going to the Fair every year is always something to look forward to and becomes great memories. Food, rides, parades, games, shows, you can't beat it! I'll never forget Big Tex welcoming us every year.

"Howdy Folks. I'm Big Tex. Welcome to the State Fair of Texas."

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Here's to Labor Day Ladies

Here's a Labor Day Salute to All Ladies!