My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #914: Boxing Day

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-26-2012 01:24 PM 1467 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 03:07 PM

Last year I was working in Australia and as Boxing Day arrived I asked the locals what it was, they were not sure, to my surprise. I did some internet seaching and found that it the majority of Boxing Day’s roots came from when the family of the house gave gifts, in boxes, to the servants.
With this in mind, there should be a stack of boxes at my door step right now! I will go look…
Stay warm and happy

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 12-26-2012 05:39 PM

Sheila, Glad to here you had a great holiday. I love the idea of shopping from locals and online small merchants. My wife and I sold at several crafty fairs this year and were happy to be a part of that. We also did buy a number of items and also make a number of items for folks on our list. I look forward to doing this more as well.

Happy Boxing Day!


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 12-26-2012 10:02 PM

we have 1st. and 2th. holyday after Christmas evening the 24/12
and if the 2th. is a saturday we have a socalled third holyday since its sunday
why it is so here I don´t know , but I know its have been tradition several hundred years to
gather the familie and freinds for a good feast …. even before the christianity arived to the north
of europe we selebrated the return of the sun on the shortest day 21/12 with a big feast
where the best strongest Mjød (kind of ale/beer ) was served … no wonder why the Vikings
was so wild in the spring after having slebt the hangovers out all winther …. lol

I like the way you think about buying from small busyness where things is handmade
and you can tell who made it and have to stand by the quality :-)
its maybee sound expencive here and now but seen over a periode its actuly cheaper
in many ways
though sad many people don´t realise how much work there is behind the items and
the quality they get in the hand
tooo many times I have seen people count it for less than nothing when hearing its handmade or homemade
you can be sure they are noticed and wont recive gifts from me again other than plastic garbage junk
possible not even that will happen since I not so often invited to party´s with people in the fast lane

now its good that the stomack can relax a few days before its new year feast …. lol

take care

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#4 posted 12-26-2012 11:43 PM

Happy Boxing Day Sheila! I agree with you in giving hand made gifts especially at this time of year. All my family and my extended family of relatives and friends always get gifts made by myself or my husband. The only ones we buy for are my great niece and great nephew who love books to read and lego to build.
Enjoy this lazy day of the season before getting back to work. The last of the visitors have gone, leftovers for supper and a good day to get caught up on some reading. Rainy, dull and wet here on the Westcoast.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 12:13 AM

Hi, to you all. Yes, in reading a bit more, I saw that Boxing Day was originally a day to exchange gifts, with Christmas being the religious holiday. Back in the day, it was a day when many would present gifts to their servants for taking good care of them throughout the year. It is odd how we never heard of it in America, as when I mention it to my friends from that country, most of them have never heard of it either.

The hand made gifts were good to give, I thought. I sometimes feel that my family and friends get tired of receiving hand made things from us. We don’t know if they are just being polite or if they really enjoy them. After so many years of getting things from us though, I wonder if they have had enough or if they still want additional things we make. I love participating in ornament exchanges and things like that because I receive examples of others’ work and I wouldn’t otherwise have. Last year, my dear friend Leldon gave ma a beautiful basket that he made and it is a wonderful piece that I truly love. I also love all the ornaments that I have and each time I look at them, it reminds me of the wonderful friendships I have developed through my work and the forums.

To me, buying something that I can’t make myself is really cool. The soaps and other bath items that Kelly makes are really nice and as I said, everyone seemed to enjoy receiving them. And the periodic table that Lis cut out was amazing.

Next year I will be doing the same, I expect. I think it is a wonderful way to share the talents of our fellow creative people.

Thanks for your comments. You all have a great night. I have been doing computer stuff all day and plan to take it easy tonight for the couple of hours I have left. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 12-27-2012 02:18 PM

:) I made a few things for Lumberjocks this holiday season and it brings me a lot of joy.. especially since the talent around here is an 11 on the stereo!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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