Saint Stephen’s Feast

Charlie and I almost always have a holiday party at this time of year.  We’ve had many New Year’s Eve celebrations (also here).

Party tables always include flowers, candles, and food.
Party tables always include flowers, candles, and food.

One year we had a Twelfth Night Party in early January instead. And we’ve held a party just for the joy of it early in the month of December.

The mantel will need some Christmas style, too.
The mantel will need some Christmas style, too.

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.

An illustration that would be perfect for a Boxing Day party invitation.
An illustration that would be perfect for a Boxing Day party invitation.

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.

Stephen was the first Christian martyr.
Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

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.

At last year's New Year's Eve party we ignored the unfinished parts of the house.
At last year’s New Year’s Eve party we ignored the unfinished parts of the house.

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.

We have many, many dishes that I love to pull out for parties.
We have many, many dishes that I love to pull out for parties.

I have created a tentative menu featuring the ham I’ll be getting from my employer.

Menu:

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?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “Saint Stephen’s Feast”

  1. Your menu sounds lovely! Love the picture with the table in the foreground and the tree in the backgound – very sparkly.

  2. Your table looks so pretty with your dishes, flowers, and sparkling lights. No parties for us this year … the living room walls may be in shambles. But we will still have a tree!

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