On the Feast of Stephen…

Posted December 26, 2017 9:51 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

On the Feast of Stephen…

As the mid-19th century hymn has it, Good King Wenceslaus first went out, on the feast of Stephen, when the snow lay ’round about, deep and crisp and even…Note that it did not say Boxing Day, a name whose etymology is obscure, dating back apparently to 17th century Britain when work-boys would expect a ‘Christmas box’, a gift package, on the day after the great feast.  Now, one may think, most people seem to attribute this day to all the boxes in which the made-in-China goods which find their way under so many Christmas trees are packaged and shipped and

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