Merry Christmas (12 days and counting) and Happy Boxing Day! Traditionally, Boxing Day is the celebration in England that takes place the day after Christmas on December 26th. When I was a child the name conjured two men tackling one another in a boxing match but it really has to do with opening the Alms boxes in churches, in which worshipers put in money for those in need.
I like this idea, we do this at church and our traditional “Boxing Day” deed is to give Christmas gifts that all have charitable causes attached, like The Blue Monarch, as seen in our sidebar. They help abused and down-and-out mothers in TN get back on their feet by providing them a home and education on parenting as well as skills for making exceptionally good tasting granola and working at The Blue Chair, a popular coffee shop eatery in Sewanee, TN. This gives them business sense as well as a means for producing income and helps them break the cycle with their own children. We purchase their Out of the Blue Granola, which benefits this worthy program.
The “Blue Monarch” refers to the incredible long and arduous journey these butterflies make each winter, as well as their exceptional, world renown beauty. We happen to love this symbol too and it’s why we use it in our logo. It represents transformation and rebirth.
An additional tradition is more literal and also involves a boxing match of sorts — tackling the mess in finding a way to put away all the boxes that have accumulated from Christmas (and throughout the year) — organize, sort and recycle. We recycle all our cardboard mailing boxes.
We also reuse some of the attractive ones as storage boxes in my office and studio.
I go through and sort my business boxes and get things cleaned up and organized. This involves getting new business folders, filing systems as well as filing our online folders and figuratively storing them in manageable boxes so to speak. Dropbox, for instance is a great iCloud source for business files. Staples and The Container Store become my best friends. In the process we clear out and put away what we no longer need. This is rejuvenating as it frees up space and cleans out the clutter. Boxing Day has come to mean boxing up the old and getting ready for the new year ahead.
Here are some fabulous finds from Houzz for interior design junkies for organizing with boxes. Makes you want to get out and get some boxes for boxing today!
All the best for your Boxing Day!