Boxing Day

“Did you know today is called Boxing Day in the UK and some other countries?” Spence says.

“Kinda,” says Admin. “Why?”

“No clue.”

“Here are three possibilities. One, it’s about the Boxer rebellion. Two, after too much proximity, families end up in fisticuffs. Three, the house is full of empty boxes.”

“I think it’s two.”

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88 Responses to “Boxing Day”

  1. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:34 am on December 26th, 2014

    Good morning all. Happy Day After. We are all ready to celebrate Boxing Day.

    Today will be spent doing some after Christmas shopping, picking up some holiday bargains.

  2. Wose-the small and meek
    8:45 am on December 26th, 2014

    Greetings!

    Good Morning B,M, & L:

    Admin: Fortunately, my house is not “fall” of empty boxes…someone could get hurt.

    Create a good day!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:45 am on December 26th, 2014

    Good morning B&ML and all. Wasn’t is boxing in Britain for the boxes the help got on the Christmas after? ?quien sabe? Anywhoooooo the sun is actually out here.
    Have a fanntastical Friday.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:56 am on December 26th, 2014

    Woose, we awre trwins! Wove heawring fwrom our Wose! (that was hard to say!)

  5. Billy's Buddy
    9:04 am on December 26th, 2014

    AJ posted on yesterday’s blog early this morning!

    Good morning all.

  6. O'Howlers
    9:12 am on December 26th, 2014

    Good Morning, and Happy Boxing Day.
    It is very nice and sunny here. Yay!!

  7. B.Stover
    9:28 am on December 26th, 2014

    It is called Boxing Day in Britain and was named after the tradition of gifts called “Christmas boxes” being given to employees and servants.

    Good morning all.

  8. Wose-the small and meek
    9:34 am on December 26th, 2014

    Hope that Santa was good to everyone.

    I wonder what presents Beau got after waiting so patiently under the tree for the past few days….

  9. Herd of Hounds
    9:36 am on December 26th, 2014

    B’sB thanks for the heads up on AJ’s post.
    OOps, sun is gone and the FOG is back. Can’t even see to the street.
    Winter here is grand. Hope we get snow, maybe in Feb. or early March so Darah can enjoy it.

  10. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:36 am on December 26th, 2014

    We would have to call it Bagging Day here, as I do more gift bags than boxes. I am the Gift Bag Queen in the family!

    Now off to start my Christmas shopping for 2015. I always like to pick up some little things such as ornaments or Christmas accessories at 50% off. Then I save them for next year. Does that make me organized or just plain CRAZY?

  11. Herd of Hounds
    9:53 am on December 26th, 2014

    Barb, you said it, not us :)

  12. Herd of Hounds
    9:56 am on December 26th, 2014

    Know the local Rite Aid will put things on sale today. Mom will go down the hill later today and see if Twix are on sale :)

  13. Tupper and Gilly
    10:22 am on December 26th, 2014

    In honor of Boxing Day we have some things to put in a box and give away. Who needs these? Come on. Speak up!

  14. Herd of Hounds
    10:37 am on December 26th, 2014

    T&G the B&S are adorable! However the POP have made it clear that they do not want kitty kats here, the doggies give them enough grief!

  15. Herd of Hounds
    10:40 am on December 26th, 2014
  16. Herd of Hounds
    10:42 am on December 26th, 2014

    Mmmmm, who could this be?

  17. O'Howlers
    10:55 am on December 26th, 2014

    B,M,&L, Mom and Pop do as little shopping as possible before Christmas. When Christmas is over, the very last place they want to step foot is a store! (Whispering) We did ask them to go buy us a case for our new iPaw though.

  18. Herd of Hounds
    10:55 am on December 26th, 2014

    Rio, Dawson and Staff, enjoy the white shiitake, It should abound on Boxing Day.

  19. Herd of Hounds
    10:56 am on December 26th, 2014

    OH, twins, and we agree about shopping!

  20. Diane C.
    11:16 am on December 26th, 2014

    HOH, Tupper’s Mama, Dawson et al–I have been looking for all the words to “Deck Us All…” etc. for years. Most people I ask just give me a puzzled look (one person told me he had an Uncle Charlie who lived in Boston) THANK YOU!!! (I guess I should always ask here, first)
    My understanding of Boxing Day is the same as HOH and Bee’s–you make up boxes of stuff for the help (plus it’s a legal holiday, I think: a good idea).
    I’m afraid to go near any stores today, but do plan to follow HOH’s example tomorrow and see what’s available. Leaving for the acupuncturist now–have a great day, all.

  21. dawson
    12:18 pm on December 26th, 2014

    “It is estimated that 1/2 of all Canadians will be out shopping today” (from CBC News). It is a stat holiday in Canada.

    HOH: I’m not sure if that is a photo from the Mollypop’s Mom’s school of photography or a great photo of “Dogs and Legs Waiting for Something Delish”.

  22. Mollypop's Mom
    12:48 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Now, now Dawson. I may have chopped off a head or two here and there, but not whole bodies.

  23. Mollypop's Mom
    12:50 pm on December 26th, 2014

    My Dear Niece Kat, I would love to visit you. After you have eaten a gluten-free Chillout, you can even lick my face.

  24. Herd of Hounds
    1:06 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Love the great pyr pup.

  25. Siber-H
    1:09 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Stover’s definition of Boxing Day is what we found on the internet several years ago. My folks were in Canada one year on Boxing Day and none of the Canadians they talked to seemed to know what Boxing Day is about.
    Spence’s definitions of Boxing Day are funny.

    T&G, That is a cute picture of the Herbs, but DO NOT mail them to me…shudder.

    Mom will be avoiding all stores except the grocery until around Jan. 5.

  26. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:56 pm on December 26th, 2014

    AJ!…Always nice to hear from AJ and news from the trail and how much snow he has to remove from the long, long driveway…chorkel!….Little does he know that more tins of cookies are on their way up to Rebecca for safe keeping….snort!…Although, these are a different kind and he may not like them at all….nawww!

  27. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:58 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Attention!…My friend is going to attempt to change all of the ink cartridges on her wireless printer for the first time…snort!…I must ask for strong prayer during this operation…wheeze!

  28. Herd of Hounds
    2:10 pm on December 26th, 2014

    REBECCA and AJ maybe 10 pounds of Twix heading your way. Tracking to follow

  29. Rashaqah
    2:17 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Greetings from London.

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    2:21 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Siber – we could have sworn you offered to take the Wrotten Kats last week – something about teaching them their place….

    It’s ok Rio – breathe in, breathe out, push the cartridge in, it will pop out. Push the new cartridge in. Meanwhile, we have our paws in prayerful position.

    And by the way, do you think we should click on Rashaoah’s link?

  31. Alice M. Johnson
    2:25 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Another one of those newby posters with a mysterious link. Heh. We have been well trained by Rio and Mollypop’s Mom.

    Hopefully

    MIKE BAKER

    will take care of it for us.

    How about it Mike???

  32. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:18 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Smells!…Like a Rat!…snort!…I would highly suggest NO ONE click on the link…sniff!

  33. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:19 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Printer!….Up and working again with all new cartridges….WhoooHoooo!….And with hardly any swearing too…heh!heh!

  34. Herd of Hounds
    3:21 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Rio we will take your advice

  35. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:23 pm on December 26th, 2014

    EGADS!…I just checked on that shipment of Cookies and tracking says it will not arrive until Jan. 7th….grump!…By then I am sure all that will be left are small cookie pieces…grumble!

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:33 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Sock-It-To-Me!….snort!…Look at the great design on these awesome socks my friend got for Christmas!….chuffle!sneeze!

  37. Thieves!
    3:38 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Rio: With hardly any swearing, your friend must not have changed the ink properly. From our observation of the Giant and our lady, We find that to do anything well like clear the driveway of snow or sew and repair gear calls for cursing and a lot of it.

  38. B.Stover
    3:41 pm on December 26th, 2014

    My brother called me and it’s so windy in Nevada that they can’t go golfing.

    Love that picture of Basil and Sage.

    Cool socks Rio. By the way, I watched the second episode of Ascension and it had so many commercials that I haven’t watched the final episode yet. I stopped watching Elementary the other day (On Demand for both) for the same reason. I don’t have the patience for commercials.

  39. B.Stover
    3:43 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Forgot: I’ve never had Twix. (I’ll have to remedy that the next time I go to the store.)

  40. Charlie
    3:48 pm on December 26th, 2014

    B: I haven’t had Twix either mainly because the Giant eats them all.

  41. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Charlie: I’ll share my Twix with you….except you shouldn’t have chocolate….

  42. Charlie
    3:58 pm on December 26th, 2014

    B: That is okay. I will take a little more room on the easy chair while you eat all of the Twix. It seems like a good compromise to me. Out of curiosity, is the reason you haven’t had Twix before the same reason I haven’t had Twix before? The Giant could be eating Twix from all across the land and I wouldn’t be surprised.

  43. Staff
    3:58 pm on December 26th, 2014

    I really like the Google Doodle today.

    Charlie, the Giant eats the twix to protect you from something that is bad for you. Respect that reason and content yourself with the baby cheeses.

  44. Charlie
    4:05 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Staff: The Giant sacrificing himself for my own good? That sounds about right.

  45. B.Stover
    4:12 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Charlie: You’re making me laugh. I’ll give you steak tips while I eat the Twix. (I don’t know why I’ve never had any…interesting. I’ve had Kit Kat which I think is similar.)

  46. Tupper's Mama
    4:17 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Speaking of sacrifice, we are going to suffer through a dinner of leftover slabs of prime rib, smeared with horseradish cream, and dredged in panko breadcrumbs, seared golden in butter, and served with Bearnaise sauce. Baked potatoes and vegetable medley on the side.

    Oh, the sacrifices we make for others.

  47. Charlie
    4:17 pm on December 26th, 2014

    B: You had me at, “I’ll give you…”

  48. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:34 pm on December 26th, 2014

    T & G, That dinner sounds unbelievably good! Do you have enough for us if we blur over?

  49. Tupper and Gilly
    4:46 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Come on by. The tarragon is smelling wonderful!

  50. Teddy Ruff Rider
    5:06 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Had a great day with my Princess Zeta, running along the Seneca Creek Trail. We are resting now at my house, cause my mom went out to do stuff with her mom (with my dad left in charge of the fort as they say).

    A special thank you to my BFF Wose and the Grizz for their wonderful thoughtfulness; my dad has sent a note too, which you should get in the mail shortly.

    Also, I didn’t get a chance to pst it before, but below is a picture of MY Christmas stocking, which was stuffed with lots and lots of treats and toys.

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    5:14 pm on December 26th, 2014

    That Teddy – what a lucky dog;a beautiful girlfriend AND a stocking full of treats. Is that the life or what?

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:57 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Teddy!…I’m sure some of that stocking-stuff was meant for Me!….snort!…I just know it…sniff!

  53. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:13 pm on December 26th, 2014

    What a great life you have Teddy! Wish more four leggeds could live with wonderful people AND have a bestie like Zeta.

  54. O'Howlers
    7:03 pm on December 26th, 2014

    The ‘rents just had a delish leftover meal too. Two large chops from the pork crown roast, ratatouille, and the most delicious-smelling stuffing we ever smelled. Us? We had kibble. Co pletely dry.
    (But Pop did cook a steak just for us on Christmas Night).
    The Herbs look so happy and peaceful to have their home back. Have you heard from Cubbins’ new family?
    Teddy, that is a very nice stocking.

  55. Wose-the small and meek
    7:15 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Teddy: I knew your stocking would be chock-full! Who is the best doggie?

  56. Staff
    7:29 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Welcome back Rose. We have missed you and are glad to see you again.

    Teddy did your Mom make your stocking? It looks good!

    We had plans to make a pot pie out of our leftovers but took a nap instead. So tomorrow we will make the leftovers. If we can keep Mr.Fireslippers from eating it all up.
    IN fact maybe I should go and cut it up and hide it from him right now. There is no reason he can’t have the meatballs that are leftover from the day before Christmas.

    Dawson, I gave Sonya her Christmas present today and she loves them (again)

  57. Staff
    7:31 pm on December 26th, 2014

    And while I am thinking about it, does anyone have a beef pot pie recipe. I only have a chicken one.

  58. Belle Starr
    7:36 pm on December 26th, 2014

    I am in a very bad mood and not because the Giant eats all the goodies. Normally, I borrow money from that Damn Pixie to get the Giant the gift of hockey tape. This year, I decided to change things up a bit. I borrowed more money from that Damn Pixie and got the Giant some hair ties for his long hair. They are wonderful colors—pink, orange, zebra, leopard—and boring Giant black. He opened them up and all he said was, “Uh, I don’t know what to say.’ How about, ‘Thank you, Belle Starr,’ or ‘You are wonderful, Belle Starr,’ or ‘At long last, I am as pretty as you, Belle Starr.’ He has no fashion sense.

  59. Tupper's Mama
    7:42 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Staff – we just chunk up leftover beef with any left over potatoes, carrots and or onions. Season with marjoram, salt and pepper. Moisten with leftover gravy, or just use a jar of beef gravy. (We also like to throw in about a half cup of red wine). Toss well, then pile into a pie crust, add top crust and crimp. Cut slashes in the crust and cover loosely with foil. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake another 20 -25 minutes until top is golden brown and the gravy is bubbling through the slits.

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    7:44 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Belle Starr – we would pay real money to see the Giant in leopard spot hair ties.
    Just sayin’

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:47 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Giant!…Hair ties!?…snort!…I would really have liked to see a photo of the Giant’s face when he opened that package….chorkel!

  62. O'Howlers
    7:48 pm on December 26th, 2014

    New Snowhook Fundraiser! The Giant wears leopard hair ties!

    Rio, Mom loves your mom’s sox.

  63. Belle Starr
    7:50 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Rio: I would have liked to have seen the Giant’s face filled with delight when he opened my present, too. Unfortunately, because of a storm we lost power in Christmas Eve so we did Christmas Day by candle light. The power came on last night.

    Royals: you and me both, but like I said, he has no fashion sense. I blame his upbringing.

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Bellie!…Have you ever given stylish Ear Muffs a thought in regards to the Giants outfit?….heh!heh!

  65. Staff
    8:05 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Dear Belle Starr. You have to put up with a lot. You have my sympathy.

    Amalia, Thank you. I can do it that way. 😉

  66. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Staff!…Have you checked your SDD(s) in a while?…hmmmm?

  67. Wose-the small and meek
    9:06 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Thank you, Staff.

    Belle Starr: I know how wonderful you are….

  68. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Bellie!…She is being very silent….heh!heh!…My work is done here…snort!

  69. Wose-the small and meek
    9:26 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Belle Starr and I are so misunderstood.

  70. Belle Starr
    9:35 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Silent nothing! I borrowed the Thieves’ copy of All Things Trap and am working hard on planning a trap for the Giant where he enters with no pretty colored hair ties, but leaves it with a pretty hair tie in his locks.

  71. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:55 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Amalia’s pot pie sounds wonderful. We don’t do a beef pot pie very often. When we do it is similar to a beef stew (beef, gravy, onions, potatoes and carrots). Then we top with a pie crust. No lower crust.

    Watched 3 of the Broadchurch shows. Tried BSD’s suggestion about Subtitles. Made it much easier to understand what they are saying. Slightly distracting at times with the “dog barking, door creaking, crowd mumbling, etc” stuff. Overall, a big improvement.

    Now off to bed.

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    9:56 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Belle Starr – have you considered secreting little pouches of glitter in the Giant’s drop bags? That way he could leave a sparkling trail where he goes.

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Sparkles!..Oh I see it all now. The Giant leaving Checkpoints in a swirl of sparkles…heh!heh!….His hair flowing behind him in brightly colored hair ribbons Ties….chorkel!…All of his competitors will be bedazzled beyond belief and he and the A-Team will win the Race paws and sparkles down!….whoooooo!

  74. Herd of Hounds
    10:19 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Go Snowhook!

  75. Staff
    10:21 pm on December 26th, 2014

    1295! That is what the Bootie fund is at right now. Whoo Hoo.
    And the last person/creature who donated won the beautiful winter wonderland keychain. ALSO the donation was matched by another wonderful Plunderer

    WhooHoooo

    The only amount needed to reach the bootie goal is 205. We do have a 5 dollar match available for someone who is scraping the bottom of the couch cushions for spare change. But I have high hopes that another plunderer will chime in with another match to help take us closer to the final goal.

    And thanks to Rio for reminding me that I have to check snowhookshakeyourbootie@gmail.com. I have been very lax. How does he know that???

    Thanks for the bootie bucks youse guys. This year Belle Starr says they are going to be hot pink with sparkles. (Shudder)

  76. Tupper and Gilly
    10:23 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Yup – we can see it. The northern lights overhead, the glow of sparkles along the snow.
    Wahoooooo – Go Snowhook!!!

  77. Staff
    10:26 pm on December 26th, 2014

    OK I got moderated. I have no idea why. Only one link. I will remove it and see what happens.

    1295! That is what the Bootie fund is at right now. Whoo Hoo.
    And the last person/creature who donated won the beautiful winter wonderland keychain. ALSO the donation was matched by another wonderful Plunderer

    WhooHoooo

    The only amount needed to reach the bootie goal is 205. We do have a 5 dollar match available for someone who is scraping the bottom of the couch cushions for spare change. But I have high hopes that another plunderer will chime in with another match to help take us closer to the final goal.

    And thanks to Rio for reminding me that I have to check snowhookshakeyourbootie at gmail.com I have been very lax. How does he know that???


    Thanks for the bootie bucks youse guys. This year Belle Starr says they are going to be hot pink with sparkles. (Shudder)

    Oh! Of course. I did a link AND a picture! sheesh. (Head slap)

  78. Staff
    10:33 pm on December 26th, 2014

    This is the next prize….

    Wow an eagle feather keychain. I tell you the Plunderers are going to have the best key chains EVER!

    We are so Close! I would LOVE it if we could get it all donated by New years eve. So if you have any holiday money looking for a good home, think of us!

    Bootie Bootie Bootie!

  79. Staff
    10:56 pm on December 26th, 2014

    OK, I have a question for the blog. The two demons kittens are in their jail room and they are crying so piteously and banging on the door that I feel really sorry for them.

    Last night they did it to Mr.Staff and he caved. Do I want to let them out and reinforce the lesson that if you make enough noise you will get what you want? Or do I want to leave them in the jail room and let Alice lay on our bed in peace and quiet?

    Please give me your advice.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JS90PIA5nI

    just so you know that sounds just like me. (not the kat) The kat sounds like Keiko.

  80. Scout
    11:08 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Let Alice be the Queen for the Night. She deserves it. Give those two little ones an old shirt that smells like you and let them sleep on it. That is what Martha’s son does for me when she has to be away for the night!

  81. Luna
    11:21 pm on December 26th, 2014

    Staff: I am a believer in a firm, but loving paw. That was always the way here until Harris, the second hand sled dog not the Hobbit arrived. The Giant is a push over with her. My mama and I both agree with Scout about sacrificing something with your scent on it to provide a bit of comfort. Speaking from having several interlopers which began with Tenzing, the Queen for a day approach will be appreciated by Alice M.

  82. Staff
    12:15 am on December 27th, 2014

    thank you Luna and Scout. I did not think about giving them some smelly clothing to sleep on. I have plenty of it available so I will do that.

    You guys are the best.

  83. C.hobbiti
    12:43 am on December 27th, 2014

    Go Harris!

    I agree that the kittens need to be left in jail for the night

  84. Diane C.
    7:22 am on December 27th, 2014

    B,M and L–Sounds almost like beef cobbler (which just gave me an idea for a spinach carrot mushroom version). I did wonder about the initial question–why wouldn’t any pot pie be the same as any other except for the filling?
    Belle Starr–No one could ever be as pretty as you. Perhaps the giant was just intimidated by the prospect of coming in second in the gorgeousness sweepstakes. I know I would be.
    Wose–It’s early here, but I was wondering if you were about…

  85. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:56 am on December 27th, 2014

    Not sure if Wose is about, but we are. Lucy always wakes Barb up between 6:00 and 6:30. No need for an alarm around here! Lucy is very reliable.

    Did you post at 4:22 CA time? My question is WHY?

  86. Diane C.
    8:13 am on December 27th, 2014

    B, M and L–Well, I’m up at this time. I’m supposed to be meditating, but I thought I’d check the blog first. (Also, I get up a couple of times in the night to escort Conan outside when I hear him moving around–he sometimes gets lost in the kitchen.)
    I’ll wish you all a stimulating Saturday for now. this time I really AM going to meditate.

  87. Herd of Hounds
    9:00 am on December 27th, 2014

    Staff, your post from last night with a link and a foto has now shown up. We think Spence is sleeping in today.

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