Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy (Cold) Boxing Day

Ok, so by typical Northerner standards, 29 degrees is not really cold. But for us Snowbirds who like to dress in shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops year round, that’s cold! And that’s what we woke up to on this sunny Boxing Day. Since we Americans don’t officially celebrate this day, I had to do a little research to find out exactly what it’s about. Celebrated primarily in Canada and Great Britain, its origins may be related to the Feast of St. Stephen, Dec. 26, when King Wenceslas gathered food and wine for a poor man. Through the ages it has traditionally been a day to help the poor. These days it has become like America’s Black Friday, a huge shopping day.

We have still been busy enjoying our time here in the San Antonio area. Of course there have been the usual happy hour gatherings in the afternoon, we’ve been taking turns with Deb & Rod and Brenda & John hosting.

Deb is making sure we have some healthy veggie snacks:

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John enjoys a conversation with Jim and Rod:

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Thursday evening the six of us went to dinner and a stroll to look at the lights along the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio.

Brenda and Deb get settled at the table on the balcony overlooking the Riverwalk:

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We celebrated a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here at home. Brenda and John joined us both days. On Christmas Eve, we had a happy hour with snacks. For Christmas Day, Jim roasted a turkey and baked the most wonderful pecan pie; and I made a few side dishes. Brenda brought more side dishes plus her amazing buns (we call them dinner rolls) made from Canadian flour that she brings with her. What a great meal, and wonderful company! It made the day more special.

9 comments:

Jim and Dee said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful time with friends. Wish we were there.

Gail Durham said...

I didn't know what Boxing Day was all about, thanks for sharing!

Rick and Elaine NB said...

looks like you folks had a wonderful christmas...:)....thanks for sharing
Elaine

Debbie Goode said...

Glad to hear you are all enjoying your time together. Pretty photos!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

What a gorgeous place all lit up in San Antonio. We are marking this place down too for something to see if we get in that area. Thanks~!

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KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

What a gorgeous place all lit up in San Antonio. We are marking this place down too for something to see if we get in that area. Thanks~!

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Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/

squawmama said...

Great photos and Great fun with friends... You just can't beat that! I have been gone from the blogging world for a while & I am trying very hard to get back on the bloggin track... I have missed my blogland friends! Have a Very Happy New Year!!!
{{{HUGS}}}
Donna

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Greetings from rainy Southern California.

I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to :-)

May God bless you and your family in 2011 ~Ron

And always remember: Smiles don't have to be saved for a rainy day. It's good to waste them :-)

Cheshire Cats said...

You may also be interested to know that another Boxing Day custom was that servants traditionally received boxes containing gifts and/or money.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year