The U.S. needs to have a Boxing Day. In a lot of other countries, December 26th is a day to relax and spend time with family. The day after Christmas is a chance to rest, see friends, and clean up the house from the previous day’s massive meal.
I have always celebrated Christmas in the United States, but my parents are from the Caribbean, and we have family members in Canada and England–all places which have Boxing Day. I got so used to resting on Boxing Day that I thought that the United States had one. Ridiculous, right? I was, naturally, irritated when I realized that we don’t, and friends and family members had to cut their celebrations short to go to work.
Christmas can be stressful, and it would be nice to have an extra day to calm down. I’m a graduate student on winter break, so I had the luxury of extra time to rest with my family. I am always on my grind, but my siblings made sure I put down my books and spent time with them. It was so nice having an excuse to rest, instead of feeling an overwhelming pressure to get back to work. Rest is good. Time with family + friends, with great food and laughter is good.
I’m just waiting for the U.S. to catch up with the Caribbean, the U.K., Canada, Australia, Hong Kong! Boxing Day is one of the few good things about (post)colonialism. Right?
Ay. The postcolonial curse remains…Long Live the Queen, and all that.