Thursday, December 26, 2013

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is celebrated the day after Christmas in Britain and some of the Commonwealth countries. What one does to celebrate Boxing Day is a mystery to me. It is the same day as the Feast of Stephen when King Wenceslas and his page set out, though the frost was cruel. It is cold--here at least. Windshield scraping was a chore this morning.

It gave me a good idea, though, for a theme for our header challenge this week (Thursday instead of Wednesday Christmas). BOXES.

Check out the other Headbangers who are listed in my sidebar. Mac may even include in his post what Boxing Day is about, as he is the lone Brit in our little group at this time.

I figured there would be boxes in our sights or in our files. Mine are mostly in the files, though some are from the last few days, such as thinking about the boxes the cookies would go out in. (The reindeer, gingerbread boys, and stars got their dressings completed before they made their way to friends.)

And there are the costumes to be placed back in their boxes
to store till next year's Christmas Nativity Pageant.
Looking back, I realized a fascination with far back methods of printing, and the need for boxes. The first picture is from when we toured Rubel's Castle in Glendora, California. The second came from a museum in Lincoln, England. (This link is to the first of several posts about Lincoln--the one where we first met Mac and his lovely wife Julie.)

Rather glad I don't have to find the right letters in that second batch. (I have a printing press picture from St. Petersburg, Russia, but the computer does not seem to want to let me turn it right side up.)
As a quilter, I sometimes tend to put things in boxes--both in the sewing room and in the quilt design. And this one continues with little boxes in the border fabric as well.
Browsing around I found that on the Washington State Ferries, we are somewhat placed in boxes. But this cyclist does not seem to want to stay in the box.
And viewed from the Space Needle, the city of Seattle, looks, like many cities do, like a whole lot of boxes. In fact, at one time that boxy black building just left of  center, once the Washington Mutual Building but I am not sure what it is now since the demise of Washington Mutual, was dubbed "the box the Space Needle came in". At the time, it was the tallest building in Seattle, now eclipsed by several others.
But boxes, the favored plaything of kittens and kittens at heart everywhere, gets my nod for my header.
Seattle, Woodland Park Zoo


imac said...

Well Boxed Kathy

Jeff Sharman said...

According to M*A*S*H, Boxing Day is the day when officers in the British army exchange duties with enlisted soldiers to hilarious and thought provoking effect. Anyway the effect is hilarious and thought provoking when the 4077 adopts this custom after learning of it from a group of British soldiers who visit for Christmas dinner.

I'm not sure of the name of the building that you call out here, but at the time that this photo was taken the Washington Mutual Tower was actually the pointy building to the right of your building. To the right of the pointy WM Tower, you can see a building under construction. When it was completed, it became the Washington Mutual Tower and the pointy one was given a new name that I don't remember. I can only assume that the new (or new new?) WMT was then renamed FDIC Tower.

Craver Vii said...

I have seen that M*A*S*H episode that Jeff referred to. I liked the wit and humor, even though I have a more conservative slant than their writers.

That tiger cub with the box makes a great header!!

Christine said...

Love your take on the header theme! And kids everywhere do love boxes; mine sometimes did love them even more than the gifts inside! Love the tiger who's just like a kid.

Lew said...

Delightful group of boxes you found! Love the cat playing with the box.

RuneE said...

You seem to have the theme "well boxed in" (sorry ...)
A belated Merry Christmas to you too, an BTW - my photo was from 2009. Christmas this year has mostly been in monochrome.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Fun boxes Kathy, hope your Christmas celebration was fun.

Gattina said...

Very nice selection of boxes ! We don't have Boxing day in Belgium, we don't even have a holiday on the 26th.
Not such a long time ago I thought that boxing day was a day to box and couldn't understand why people should fight a day after Christmas until a good soul told me that it is not to box but to exchange boxes, lol !

Liz Hinds said...

Is that really a red, white and black quilt? It's lovely and so unusual.

Don't you have Boxing day in America? I never knew that.

Happy new Year to you and Ranney. Hope 2014 is kind to you. x