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Boxing day 2015

St Stephen This is St Stephen, or at least the visual interpretation of Italian Renaissance painter Carlo Crivelli.  St Stephens day is all about charity, giving to the poor and caring for the uncared.  St Stephen himself was most likely Greek speaking and Jewish. The little we know of his personal life is thanks to a brief mentioning in the new testament.  The feast of Stephen is associated with Boxing day, the day after Christmas when staff and servants receive small gifts from their employers.  These gifts were predictably proffered in boxes.

Boxing day in 1914

More recently (100 odd years ago), these German soldiers spent boxing day playing the piano, making breakfast and keeping one eye on the other side.

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