One problem with holidays like Christmas and New Years, aside from the exhausting shopping, cooking, running around, (and that would be enough) is that we think we have an idea of what Christmas ought to be. Unfortunately, this seldom coincides with others' ideas. No wonder Dickens wrote about Christmas past, present and future. Some people yearn for Christmases that have gone forever, others are concerned about what is going to happen now and still others are already planning the next one! Some people are so busy the days pass in a blur of activity, while others sit alone while the merriment passes them by. There is no one way that Christmas is celebrated, although we think we know how it should be! Christmas and other major holidays bring our emotions to the fore. Emotions that at other times we manage to control. Do we think that there will really be peace on earth and goodwill toward men? It's a prayer of hope, but on Christmas we want it to be real.
Sometimes the activity descends to farce, when someone throws a turkey leg across the room, another storms out and slams the door, several people get into a nonsensical drunken argument, and gift givers are disappointed by the reaction. Relatives appear whom we have seldom seen and now we know why.
I think there is no holiday that we look forward to so much and then feel such relief when it's over. So, today, it's over again. In Great Britain, today was known as Boxing Day, whose origin is unclear A common explanation is that boxes of leftover food was given to the servants and/or to the poor. It is a national holiday. When I was small I thought it must be a holiday when men went to boxing matches. Children, they are the ones Christmas is for because they know nothing more than that they will receive presents and therein lies happiness.