Test what you think you know by reading up on this amazingly Canadian tradition.
For our Canadian friends, employees and technology partners, it should come as no surprise that this blog post is intended to celebrate our country’s Boxing Day. For our non-Canadian friends, partners, and employees, we thought a small explanation would be in order. There are many misconceptions and misassumptions about this holiday and we thought it was an important piece of cultural history that deserved to be unpacked, or unboxed, if you will. After all, is it not the responsibility of a company devoted to developing cutting edge learning management systems, to share a little learning of its own?
The short definition of Boxing Day is a holiday that spans back hundreds of years and is rooted in English tradition, whose origin is murky at best. The modern version is mainly regarded as a day for shopping deals and promotions and all that sort of thing. However you celebrate, learn a little more about this popular day and its traditions.
Is Boxing Day a Day to Deal with Your Boxes?
This is a common misconception. While indeed many of you are currently dealing with a mountain of cardboard and twist-ties, Styrofoam pellets and bubble wrap, today should not be merely about breaking down boxes to be set at the curb for recycling. Far from it. You should take advantage of the mess and be relaxing in and among those boxes. Consider making sleeping huts where you can disappear for 20-36 hours. Or at least until unwanted family, guests and rowdy children have left your vicinity.
Is Boxing Day a Day to Recognizing Boxing?
Another common misconception. While it might seem logical that a day dedicated to boxing should include boxing, there is no history of this in any of the online news sites that I’ve visited, and I visited at least three. You are free to express yourself through pugilistic artistry if this is your wont, but you won’t be considered patriotic to some Canadian tradition.
Is Boxing Day About the Song “The Boxer?”
This is nowhere near a common misconception. I’m not sure where you might have heard this, but I suggest cancelling your subscription to whatever RSS feed it is. The song “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel is actually written about an entirely different Boxing Day, on which the men making “worker’s wages” folding and cutting cardboard on a long assembly “line-line-a-line” are eventually laid off and must pursue musical careers as rock-folk musicians on the turbulent festival circuit in the American mid-west.
The Truth Behind Boxing Day: Celebrating Servitude
I’m afraid that this explanation is closer to truth than one might realize. Traditionally, boxing week is a time when servants, footmen, butlers, under-butlers, char-women, hand masseurs (and whatever else those people on Downton Abbey were), were awarded with a present, or in the common tongue – a “box.”
So if you wish to celebrate Boxing Day properly, please feel free to present your many servants with a nice new shoe brush or fruit cake to celebrate their staunch dedication. Otherwise, it’s totally appropriate to go out shopping in search of a plump deal on a new 4K HDTV. Also, consider looking into upgrading your K12 learning management system with a demonstration of Brightspace in the new year. Another great Canadian tradition involves technology that enhances the digital transformation in education and next generation learning.