St Boxing Day

Being half English/half Irish, with one English parent and one Irish parent, it’s often that I’m faced with the short dilemma of choosing phrases. For example, the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day in England, but it’s called St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland. So for the name of this post, it only seems right to put both together, that’s why this post is entitled: St Boxing Day.

Now I don’t know about you, but my day after Christmas consists of more or less the exact same traditions as Christmas Day, minus opening presents. Watching TV and movies with my family, eating leftover turkey, stuffing my face with crisps and chocolate, staring at my Christmas presents in awe and staying in my pyjamas all day. Today was an exception though, as my brother’s girlfriend Courtney suggested that we go for a walk. We got dressed and set off to a local area set on a really steep hill, and once you get to the top, you turn around and then there’s this stunning view, there’s Ireland in all its beauty. Sort of like Primrose Hill, except instead of the city, there’s wind turbines and cows and hills. Since my dad and I are recovering from the flu and coughs, we really thought that the fresh air would do us good. We were wrong.

Perhaps we wouldn’t have felt so light-headed if we hadn’t decided to hurtle up the last part of the hill. By the time we had reached the top, I thought I was going to be sick. Now I’m telling you, I really thought I would be warm enough in my duffel coat and gigantic new scarf, but no, I couldn’t feel my hands, my toes or my nose. My mum, my brother Sam and Courtney caught up with us at the top of the hill and we all took in the breathtaking view. My mum was sensible enough to bring a hat and gloves as well a scarf, but even she was freezing.

We got home, and my mum used some of the leftover turkey to create a kind of pastry parcel, with gravy and peas and it was magnificent. During dinner we made a toast to George Michael. We were all shocked at last night’s news, and as my mum is (or was, when she was younger) a huge Wham fan, it hit hard and we all got a bit upset.

After dinner, we just relaxed and watched an episode of Black Mirror, a very very good show. I would highly recommend watching it, my favourite one is “Hated in The Nation”. We also had a laugh messing about trying to guess songs. Another show we’ve been watching a lot of is Sherlock, and my god, I’m becoming obsessed. My brother, my mum and my dad have all already seen it, and they wanted me to see it too, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Right now, a sing-song is in progress. My dad and Sam have sung some 80s songs, with my mum and Courtney joining in, I’d love to join in too but I’m not very good at singing in front of people. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start singing in front of people. What are yours?

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day, and apologies for not posting in a very long time. Enjoy the rest of the holidays! x

Hana