Boxing Day in Canada
December 26 is Boxing Day here in Canada. It is a statutory holiday. So that means no work, except for those in the retail business. Just like Christmas, if December 26 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following business day will be a holiday.
Boxing Day doesn’t have anything to do with the sport that made Muhammad Ali famous. When I first came here in Canada, the explanation my mother gave me was that it is called Boxing Day because this is when people usually open their presents. Opening the boxes.
But if you go to Wikipedia.org, you’ll find different origins of this holiday. Here are just a few examples:
1. It was the day when people would give a present or Christmas box to those who have worked for them throughout the year, such as the postmen or paperboys.
2. In the feudal times, the lord of the estate would give each family of their serfs a boxful of goods after Christmas.
3. In churches, it was traditional to open the donation box on Christmas Day and the money was distributed to the poor and needy on the next day.
Here in Winnipeg, there is a shopping frenzy on Boxing Day. There is a sale on almost all the stores. It’s only usually on Christmas decorations, cards, gift wrappers, everything Christmas – for 50% off. But a lot of stores also have clearance sales on some of their items. Stores usually have their flyers (printed advertisements) before Christmas Day and of course their ads also run on the commercials on TV and the radio. People sometimes would line up outside the stores starting midnight. Today, stores opened as early as 6:00 a.m. We planned to go out this morning at 9:00 a.m. even though my brother-in-law warned us that there wouldn’t be much left at the stores if we go that late. But hey, I’m still beat and I couldn’t get up as early as 6:00 a.m.
I woke up at 9:00 a.m. and it was already 11:00 a.m. when we left the house. We first went to Superstore because I wanted to buy new Christmas lights and Christmas decors. But there wasn’t much good stuff left. Ryland bought a game for his new Nintendo DS and Ryan bought another controller for his Game Cube so he could play a two-player game with his cousins. I got myself a DVD of Jennifer Aniston’s Good Girl, which was on sale.
We then went to Regent and our first stop there was Best Buy, an electronics store where they were having a big Boxing Day sale. And oh boy was the parking lot full. We were lucky to find a parking spot when a car pulled out not too far from the store. All the people we met who were walking back to their cars were holding either a big box of an electronic appliance or a yellow plastic bag with the Best Buy logo. The boys checked out the games, DVDs and of course Reggie looked at the CDs. We didn’t find anything that we wanted.
Next we went to Wal-Mart, which was also packed with people. I checked out the boxed Christmas cards but I didn’t find anything that I like. We checked out the DVDs – no they were not on sale here. I bought a present for my 8-year old niece. It’s her birthday today. Happy birthday Amica!
It was already noon and the two young ones were already hungry. We stopped by McDonalds. Only the two boys ordered. Reggie said that he’d eat at home. Both the husband and I were not hungry either.
Then off we went to Kildonan Place, the shopping mall across the street. Same situation with the parking – full. The husband dropped us off at the entrance while he went looking for a place to park. The boys and I went to Sears. Reggie wanted to buy a new polo shirt. By this time, Ryland was already tired. “My feet hurts, mommy,” he said. “Go ahead and sit there on the carpet while we wait for Kuya to try his shirt on,” I told him. “Oh this is a waste of my time,” Ryan complained. Yeah, that’s my Ryan. He already got what he wanted and he thought that every place that we went to after that was a waste of his time. He didn’t want to go with us in the first place. We could have left him home since he’s already 12. But since we were all going shopping, he decided to come too.
After I paid for Reggie’s shirt, we headed to HMV, a CDs and DVDs store. We were bumping into people on the way there. HMV was also packed. They have DVDs on sale for up to only $4.99. But nothing appealed to us. I had my eye on Leonardo di Caprio’s The Basketball Diaries. It’s on sale at $9.99. But no, thank you.
It was now 1:40 p.m. and I was tired and hungry. We went in front of Zellers where they have benches there to wait for the husband as we have agreed before he took off to Canadian Tire to buy a garage door remote controlled opener. He came at around 5 past 2:00 p.m. and off we went home. We dropped by my sister’s place and we had some Pancit Malabon, which my mother cooked. All their visitors for my niece’s birthday party were all gone by then.
We went home and I took a nice long nap. And I will watch one of my DVDs tonight. It’s only when the kids are on vacation that I could catch up on my movies. They don’t go back to school until the 8th of January. How many movies do you think I will watch?