Thursday, 26 December 2013

Daze of Christmas (Day 11): Christmas Eve or Boxing Day?

A while back at work, a few of us asked ourselves the either/or question of whether we preferred Christmas Eve or Boxing Day? I'm not sure what that question suggests about Christmas Day itself, but as I recall, it was a pretty even split with about half preferring the day before and half preferring the day after.

I suppose the choice is between the frenetic anticipation of last-minute preparations for the big day and the feeling of it all having come and gone. How you spend both days might vary at different points in your life too.

Our Christmas Eve evening this year was spent with the kids at the cinema seeing "Frozen". There was an element of magic about the whole trip and real excitement on the drive back home for the final sleep before the big day. Today (Boxing Day) has been less frenetic than the past two days but I fitted in a cycle with my son this morning and a whole family walk around a loch this afternoon. Tiredness is definitely setting in now!

So, what do you think? Christmas Eve or Boxing Day? Which do you prefer and why and how did you spend either or both this year?






6 comments:

  1. christmas eve was with family...my parents and mine...we went to a light show...had finger foods back at the house...just kinda chilled together you know...ha...i had as hard a time falling asleep as they did...smiles.

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    1. Sounds great Brian. Exactly as it should be!

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  2. Hi David, your Boxing Day sounds like our Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in the US. We don't have Boxing Day and most people return to work the day after Christmas. Shops do get frenetic post Christmas with sales and people returning gifts. I much prefer Christmas Eve. This year we spent it with my in-laws, a lovely family dinner and midnight Mass. Have a great New Year :)

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    1. Ah-I didn't realise that Boxing Day wasn't part of the US traditions. You learn something new every day! Your Christmas Eve sounds great. Happy New Year to you and yours when it comes :)

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  3. Its Christmas Eve for us then just staying home during 25th itself ~ I am not a fun of shopping on Boxing day preferring less crowds in between ~ Have a great new year too ~

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    1. Seems like Christmas Eve is the winner then Grace! Hope your new year is a great one too!

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