Today, Dec. 26th,  is Boxing Day celebrated throughout the British Empire, but sadly, not here in America.  My friends and I have great day after Christmas traditions.  We get up super early and meet up to go shopping, have a big breakfast and exchange gifts.  We’ve done it for years and still do it mostly to see each other and compare notes on our holidays.toffee

Boxing Day comes from the old tradition of the upper classes giving the less fortunate a Christmas gift in the form of a box.  In more modern times the lord of the manor would give holiday boxes to his servants on the day after Christmas after having worked on the holiday.  It is celebrated today mostly to make Christmas a two day holiday in the Commonwealth nations.

As an anglophile, I like the whole idea of Boxing Day.  It is great excuse to show you this great box I found.  This is a vintage Riley’s Toffee tin featuring a classic English countryside scene: a fox hunt.  It may not be politically correct, but we love fox hunt scenes.

This tin (or box – get it?) is available for sale from Jayson Home and Garden.  Check it out and while you are on the site, poke around, Jayson Home and Garden offer some delightful objects.

Happy Boxing Day!