Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas in many countries: Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and others, (but not in the United States). I’ve read two definitions of it: The day the hired help had off so they could celebrate Christmas with their own families, who often were given boxes of treats or presents from their employers to bring home to them; a day to visit with all the other people you didn’t get to visit on Christmas day. Either one sounds plausible, but I posit that there is yet a third meaning.
It’s a holiday just for cats!
Have you ever seen cats in a room with a couple of boxes? They hop in and out and in again. They love playing in boxes. They are great places to hide, nap, and play. Boxing Day is the perfect holiday for them. A person who had cats must have thought up this holiday.
In many parts of the world, it is celebrated by heading for the shopping malls to either return unwanted gifts, or to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales. When Christmas cash is received for a present, it doesn’t hang around long.
Before you clean up all the Christmas boxes, let the kitties have a go at them. Maybe place a new toy or some catnip inside one and watch them have at it. I guarantee you it will give you and your kitties hours of entertainment!
- A Cats’ Guide to Making Christmas Meow-y and Bright (mashable.com)
- Boxing Day Recipes to inspire you (gltc.co.uk)
- The History of Boxing Day (mhsociety.wordpress.com)