This Eiffel Tower needlepoint pillow is
designed in the style of a French postcard and is a cozy reminder of
our favorite Paris icon. The front of the pillow is needlepointed by
hand using 100% wool and has postmark details and shading for depth.
Thie pillow features a cord edge, cotton back and a poly-fill insert
($95.00 at Ballard Designs)
The monochrome check on Burberry's
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Burberry's black leather gloves are piped monochrome check-print trim
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Slip on Isharya's intricate 18-karat
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gold-plated filigree cuff has freshwater pearls and cubic zirconia, a
solid gold-plated metal trim and a gap at back to slip onto wrist ($295.00 at Net-A-Porter)
Carry all your essentials in Vanessa
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across the body with the tassels facing outwards for a laidback
weekend look. This Vanessa Bruno Two Sac reversible navy suede
tasseled shoulder bag has gold-tone hardware, a double flap opening,
stitched trim, two interior pouch pockets, a zipped interior pocket
and is fully lined ($775.00 at Net-A-Porter)
Boxing Day in countries like Canada and the UK is primarily a shopping holiday much like the US's Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. Boxing Day is a bank and public holiday
in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Greenland, New
Zealand, Hong Kong, Nigeria and countries in the Commonwealth of
Nations with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa this
public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill. Though it is not
an official holiday in the United States, the name "Boxing Day"
for the day after Christmas has some currency among Americans,
particularly those that live near the Canada - United States
The name derives from the tradition of
giving seasonal gifts, on the day after Christmas, to less wealthy
people and social inferiors, which was later extended to various
workpeople such as laborers and servants. The traditional recorded
celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other
gifts to charitable institutions, the needy and people in service
positions. The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages,
but the exact origin is unknown and there are some claims that it
goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era; metal boxes were
placed outside churches used to collect special offerings tied to the
Feast of Saint Stephen.
In the United Kingdom it certainly
became a custom of the nineteenth century Victorians for tradesmen to
collect their "Christmas boxes" or gifts in return for good
and reliable service throughout the year on the day after Christmas.
The exact etymology of the term "Boxing" is unclear, with
several competing theories, none of which are clearly true.
The establishment of Boxing Day as a
defined public holiday under the legislation that created the UK's
Bank Holidays started the separation of 'Boxing Day' from the 'Feast
of St Stephen' and today it is almost entirely a secular holiday with
a tradition of shopping and post Christmas sales starting.
In Canada, New Zealand, the United
Kingdom, and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known
as a shopping holiday, much as the United States treats the day after
Thanksgiving. It is a time where shops have sales, often with
dramatic price decreases. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become
the day of the year with the greatest revenue.
Many retailers open very early
(typically 5 am or even earlier) and offer doorbuster deals and loss
leaders to draw people to their stores. It is not uncommon for long
queues to form early in the morning of 26 December, hours before the
opening of shops holding the big sales, especially at big-box
consumer electronics retailers. Once inside, the shoppers often rush
and grab, as many stores have a limited quantity of big draw or
deeply discounted items. Because of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds,
many choose to stay home and avoid the hectic shopping experience.
The local media often cover the event, mentioning how early the
shoppers began queueing up, providing video of shoppers standing in
line and later leaving with their purchased items. The Boxing Day
sales have the potential for customer stampedes, injuries and even
fatalities. As a result, many retailers have implemented practices
aimed at controlling large numbers of shoppers, most whom are
typically irate due to the cold (or, in Australia and New Zealand,
hot) weather, and anxious for bargains. They may limit entrances,
restrict the number of patrons in a store at a time, provide tickets
to people at the head of the line to guarantee them a hot ticket
item, and canvass lined-up shoppers to inform them of inventory
In recent years, retailers have
expanded their deals to "Boxing Week". While Boxing Day is
26 December, many retailers who hold Boxing Day Sales will run the
sales for several days before or after 26 December, often up to New
Year's Eve. Notably in the recession of late 2008, a record number of
retailers were holding early promotions due to a weak economy.
Canada's Boxing Day has often been compared to the U.S.'s Black
Friday, right after Thanksgiving, and in 2009 a number of major
Canadian retailers had their own Black Friday promotions in order to
discourage shoppers from crossing the border.
Happy Boxing Day!
Sources: Wikipedia, Google Images