On December 26, we commemorate some festive events which juice up the holiday weekend. Christmas is over but now it is the exclusive day for it’s key traditions. Who can forget Candy canes shopping during Christmas ? Well they have their own day too. Let’s savor these events and their historical background. Also, learn how to celebrate them before the jubilation.
National Candy Cane Day
We celebrate Candy Cane day after next day of Christmas. Candy canes have its roots back to the 17th century. We instantly know what time of the year it is when we see the candy canes. They not only symbolize the Christmas festivities but also point to some German folklore . The classic candy cane flavor is peppermint. Red and white are original Candy cane colors. Sometimes they are in combination with green. Nowadays, we can see candy canes in all sorts of colors and flavors in store. They are J-shape representing a shepherd’s stick and the letter ‘J’ of Jesus Christ.
Candy canes came to existence in the 17th century in Cologne, Germany. It was a Choirmaster’s idea so that he can keep the children silent and patient during long Christmas masses. Though there are no documented proof for it. However, it has been mentioned in the German mythology. The white color of the candy cane represents the virtuous life of Jesus Christ. The red color represents the blood of Christ at the time of cruxifiction. They are of good medicinal value as well. We make it using sugar, oil, peppermint and water. Candy canes serve as mood enhancers, help in digestion and control foul breath.
How to celebrate?
We can celebrate December 26 by stocking up candy canes. They are at a lower rate during this time than the usual. While eating candy canes we can remember the old memories we made as a kid. Also, we can try making homemade candy canes. Some recipes including candy canes as an ingredient won’t be a bad idea as well.
Boxing day It is not what it sounds like. It is primarily a shopping occasion. It is also known as the second Christmas it being the next day after Christmas. The United Kingdom observes it as a bank holiday. It is also coincides on Saint Stephen’s day in many countries like Spain and Ireland.
It came into the tradition during the 18th century when the rich people donated gifts to the poor people. Here the word ‘boxing’ means to ‘box a gift’ and not a sport. Churches also donated money to the poor which they collected through the collection box. The collection box was opened on Christmas day. People donate food and clothes to the poor on this day. The servants observe December 26 as a holiday. Leftovers Christmas feast were donated to them.
How to celebrate?
Countries play different sports on this day. For instance, the United Kingdom celebrates it by playing football and organizing horse matches. In Australia, it is celebrated by playing cricket. They have a test match on this day called the Boxing Day Test Match. People also celebrate this while going for shopping and enjoying it with their friends and family. One of ways to celebrate is doing charity. You can also make special treats to join the festive spirit.