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Boxing Day

Even at my advanced age I learn something new every day. Those of you who know me well know that i spent over 11 years of my life in Britain, Scotland, South Africa and Australia. These countries have a nice tradition of giving everyone an additional day of Christmas holiday falling on 26 December. I always appreciated the day off. I never looked deeply into why I was getting the extra day of holiday. I vaguely assumed that it had something to do with the sport boxing.

A wonderful friend of mine from Ireland named Dave set me straight on 26 December. Boxing Day is a holiday where the elites (ie Downton Abby) prepare small boxes for their servants and low-level employees. These boxes contain leftovers from the Christmas dinner and small gifts.


About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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