We are not universal fans of Canada. They are generally nice people (apologetically nice in some cases) and have delightful exports including Labatt beer, but the country is entirely too cold and foreboding. Lest we forget they also created Nickelback and celebrate Thanksgiving in October.
We do, however, think our friends to the north are onto something when it comes to Boxing Day, or their day after Christmas, which is an informal holiday there.
People stay home. They eat leftovers. They nap.
This concept really appeals to us.
While this editorial board sometimes hedges and uses phrases like “unorthodox path” and “one could see how” in our opinion pieces, let us be very direct on this issue: We think Boxing Day should become a thing here.
We need another day to recover from Christmas. We need another day to recover from the holidays. We need another day to recover in a metaphysical sense from the year generally.
Listen, we have a history with this holiday. It’s a holdover from when Canada, like America, was part of the British Empire, so you can find people celebrating it in Australia, New Zealand and other former territories. Us Americans didn’t go for it.
In terms of origin, one story says it started as the day when servants received their gifts in boxes. Another version says the Duke of Bohemia one Dec. 26 in the 10th century found a poor man and gave him food, wine and other fancy goods. This may sound familiar because it’s in “Good King Wenceslas."
Either way, it never caught on here. In Canada, Boxing Day has morphed into a day to shop and watch sports, so it’s sort of like Black Friday.
We can do that, too. And we would argue to our bosses that such economic activity would offset giving us another day off after Christmas.
Let us commit to celebrating Boxing Day.