The second day of Christmas. Explanations for the name mainly involve giving the servants a present or day off. Which we didn’t, even though we don’t have servants. We accidentally founded a modern alternative Boxing Day hunt, because we went looking for a supermarket, and found five closed supermarkets before finding one open. It’s our own fault I suppose: John had intended to shop on the 23rd instead, but it was so snowy we hadn’t bothered.

Why is it that supermarkets insist on putting ‘Happy Christmas’ signs, Christmas trees, carols, etc., out in November, and on Boxing day there’s nothing more than a discreet ‘happy new year’ sign?