- Mitford Mathew's Dictionary of Americanisms, 1956
Happy Boxing Day!
Happy St. Stephen's Day! This is the feast day of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He was stoned to death shortly after the crucifixtion. Nice.
Our Forgotten English (Kacirk 2006) calendar tell us that it used to be a custom for the men and boys to go out shooting on St. Stephen's day. In the British Isles, "Hunting the Wren" or "Going on the Wren" is held on this day. It comes from the story that St. Stephen was betrayed by the singing of a wren while he was trying to escape his guards. Therefore, all good christians go out and blow away the wrens.