This year, since Christmas is on Friday, the day after Christmas seems like a perfect day for an open house. The day after Christmas, December 26th, is known Boxing Day or the Feast of St. Stephen.
Like many traditions we can only surmise the origin of Boxing Day which likely began in England during the Middle Ages. Some historians say the holiday developed because servants, having worked on Christmas Day, were presented with gift boxes as they went to spend their day off with family.
Another theory is that alms boxes placed in churches were opened and the contents distributed to the poor on December 26, which is also the Feast of St. Stephen. St. Stephen was one of the seven original deacons of the Christian Church who were ordained by the Apostles to care for widows and the poor. For the success of his preaching and his devotion to Christ, St. Stephen was stoned to death by a mob. As he died, he begged God not to punish his killers.
As with all parties I’ll need to get the invitations out, plan a menu, and get the house ready. Since December is a busy time for parties I’m going to try to get the invitations designed and printed forthwith.
I have created a tentative menu featuring the ham I’ll be getting from my employer.
- Ham with pineapple and cherries – brown sugar and vinegar glaze
- Potatoes gratin
- Macaroni and cheese
- Corn pudding
- Peach-cranberry crisp with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
- Good small rolls
- Mustard, mayonnaise, pickles
- Hot spiced tea/cider, coffee, Glade Fizz (Crangrape and ginger ale)
I’m working on the guest list which always includes my choir, my Facebook friends (I only have 23), and other special people.
Got party plans?