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27Dec2015_1_Clare-Fenton-Party_Snow-In-HillsOn December 26, Clare Fenton, former leader of the now defunct Boise Wine Meet-Up group, held a Boxing Day party.
“Boxing Day occurs every year on December 26th. It’s a national holiday in the UK and Ireland. If the day after Christmas falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is designated as the official public holiday. December 26th is also the feast day of Saint Stephen, the patron saint of horses, which is why Boxing Day has come to be associated with horse racing and fox hunting … According to some Boxing Day can be traced back to the Victorian era when churches often displayed a box into which their parishioners put donations. Also in Britain, on the day after Christmas Day, servants of the wealthy were given time off to visit their families because their services were required for the Christmas Day celebrations of their employers. They were therefore allowed the following day for their own observance of the holiday and each servant would be handed a box to take home, containing gifts, bonuses and sometimes leftover food … Boxing Day is observed only in is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some other Commonwealth nations. The holiday was not perpetuated by the English in the American colonies.” [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/12030818/Boxing-Day-2015-What-is-it-and-why-do-we-celebrate-it.html]
Here are some photos of the party. Thanks Clare, for a delightful time! Cheers!

Flowers decorated the table.

Flowers decorated the table.

Lots of food and wine.

Lots of food and wine.

One of the food tables. The eggs were awesome!

One of the food tables. The eggs were awesome!

Another table of food.

Another table of food.