by Michael Cisler
North Kent Bible Church
The day after Christmas is called Boxing Day within the Commonwealth realm. As a child I always saw it on the calendar but never knew what it was. Although the celebration of the day has changed some through the years the original idea of Boxing Day is one that holds a lot of merit to this day.
Boxing Day is closely related to Saint Stephen’s Day (or the Feast of Stephen). The song “Good King Wenceslas” is about a king making sacrifices in bad weather to help a person in need on the day of the Feast of Stephen. The last line of the song says, “Therefore, Christian men, be sure wealth or rank possessing; ye who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing.” Boxing Day was a day to give Christmas boxes (presents) to the poor. One tradition that came out of it was to ‘box up’ your items that were just replaced with new ones on Christmas and give them to those in need. This is certainly a tradition that could be a blessing still today.
Acts 20:35 says, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” I hope you have found this to be true in your life. I hope you have known what it is to give generously. While giving generously, being blessed, not in appreciation shown by the recipient, not in a tax deduction, not in others thinking highly of your generosity but simply in doing that which was right and a blessing to others.
Christmas is a season in which we often have an opportunity to practice this generosity. Consider starting a tradition of boxing up your quality used items and donating them locally. More than that, decide now to live a life of generosity not only during the Christmas season but all the year through.