Saturday, December 26, 2009
St Stephen's Day
Boxing Day also marks the Feast of St. Stephen, first martyr to the Christian faith- the stone in his hand represents the instrument of his martyrdom. The day is perhaps best known to Americans as the day on which Good King Wenceslas (the historical Duke Vaclav of 10th Century Bohemia) set out in the snow with a page to bring a feast to a poor subject. Incidentally, Duke Vaclav was also canonized by the Church. The carol was written by English churchman John Mason Neale in the mid-nineteenth century. Obviously, Neale was a liberal who wanted to give unsuspecting children an example of liberal nanny-state largesse, masked as an act of piety and kindness.
More importantly, the Feast of St. Stephen, being the day after the family celebration of Christmas, is a traditional day for gathering with friends in the pub for some hearty wassailing. Although I will be working this afternoon (there's a fundraising event at the non-profit I work for part-time), I will be sure to hit the pub with my fellow wassailants when things wind down.
Edit: Who am I kidding? I just wanted to post a woodcut for
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