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  •  Bring back the Christmas Box (4+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, JayRaye, Aunt Pat, elginblt

    Maybe I should write this up in a tiny diary, but it's probably enough to give the idea here.

    Shop keepers and artisans in England used to keep a clay-fired box with a slot in the top. Customers, visitors, and the owner could put money in the box all during Advent. On the day after Christmas, the journeymen, apprentices, and other workers would gather, break the box with a hammer, and split all the money inside evenly.

    I will take no position on the matter of whether this is an origin to "boxing day" or not, because that etymology has more angry people than facts in it. I will say that the Christmas box was a way for owners to give bonuses and for regular customers to give thanks to the workers specifically.

    I think that the box should return.

    People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

    by The Geogre on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 04:31:02 PM PST

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