Thank you to all my wonderful blogging friends for your Christmas wishes. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too. I sure did. I stepped on my scale this morning, and there is just ever so slightly more of me than stepped on the scale a couple of days ago. But -- what the heck -- it's only once a year, right? Today in Canada it is Boxing Day, or the Feast of St. Stephen. Since the 19th century, it is the day for tradesmen to collect their "Christmas boxes" or gifts in return for goods and services throughout the year. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, when metal boxes were placed outside churches used to collect special offerings for the needy, as part of the Feast of St. Stephen. In Canada it is also a statutory holiday, and the busiest shopping day of the year. People line up outside stores the night before, for "midnight madness", when the stores open at 12:00 -- as in midnight -- but not me. For me, Boxing Day is the most relaxing day of the year.
I received some wonderful gifts this year, all things I love. I got some fabulous books -- one set of which I am going to do a post about in the near future. I also received a one-of-a-kind scarf which is absolutely exquisite. My daughter makes them as a hobby, and each scarf is signed and has a name, and they are indeed works of art. Mine is called "Sunset at Spanish Banks", and if you have ever seen a sunset at Spanish Banks, these are exactly the colors, which also happen to be my favorite colors. The scarves are to be worn with a coat or a jacket, or perhaps a sweater. (You can click on the picture to get a better look.)
Now I am off to read one of my books, and have another chocolate. I hope you're all having a wonderful relaxing weekend.