Good ol'MM is back to run through the tape of 2013 and to bring the rock into 2014! In that vein do I wish a Happy Boxing Day to you all! And also, the first day of Kwanzaa.
What, you've never heard of Boxing Day, you say? Well, Boxing Day, December 26, is generally a holiday that's observed in the nations of the British Commonwealth. It's a thing in the UK, Canada, and Australia, for example, but not a thing in the US. Although, at my last job my department always closed on Boxing Day. Pretty much to give everyone an extra day off.
I was suprised to see that some states observe December 26 as a holiday, and starting in 2014, or neighbor to the south, the Commonwealth of Virginia, will as well. The states listed as observing a holiday on the 26th could hardly be characterized as the refuges of Anglophiles.
On the other hand, December 26 is also the first day of Kwanzaa, the celebration of African American heritage and culture. But none of these states are recognizing December 26 as the first day of Kwanzaa, simply as the day after Christmas.
Given as so many people travel for Christmas as travel back the day after, I'm wondering if making December 26 a state holiday isn't a good idea as well. Further, if Maryland decides to go this route I would be in favor of Maryland nutting up and making the day stand for something. Not just the Day after Christmas. Call it the first day of Kwanzaa, why not? Kwanzaa is a secular holiday and I'd favor the state recognizing it as such.
I can remember those halcyon days when all December 26 represented was the day you griped about the stuff you got and how glad you were that Christmas was over. Now some states are placing it in some regard as a holiday. Let's just not make it a public holiday, but let's give it some meaning in Maryland. And an opportunity to recognize African American heritage sounds like a good enough reason for me.
Again,happy Boxing Day!!! And happy first day of Kwanzaa. Let's be careful out there.