I got an e-mail from Stuart Semmel reading, in its entirety: “‘Boxing Day.’ Suddenly it’s everywhere.”
Preliminary research suggests that Boxing Day–the day-after-Christmas holiday celebrated in the U.K. and around the Commonwealth–is, if not exactly ubiquitous in the U.S., at least establishing some outposts as a not-one-off-Britishism. To wit:
- A post today in today’s Washington Post’s weather blog reads, “Welcome to the one year anniversay [sic] of the Boxing Day blizzard, known locally as No-mageddon, as the snow skipped over Washington.”
- Jimmy’s No. 43, a New York gastrobub, is celebrating its annual Boxing Day Coat Drive.
- ”A Penny for your Boxing-Day Thoughts,” reads a headline in today’s Pasadena Star-News.
- The footwear website walkingonacloud.com is running a Boxing Day promotion.
If Boxing Day indeed has U.S. legs, the proof of the (Christmas) pudding comes from none other than Republican guru Karl Rove. Interviewed on December 22 by Fox News’s Mark Steyn, Rove said:
We’re now at a point in a primary where every single moment matters. You cannot imagine how many demands there when you have so few days, 12 days plus, you know, including Christmas day and Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day….
“You stunned me, Karl,” Steyn responded. “I didn’t know they celebrated Boxing Day in Iowa.”