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