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    A Double Duty Boxing Day

    So, did you know that this day in Europe and Canada is called Boxing Day? They take all their Christmas presents and return or exchange them-hence the name.

    Iíve always been big on being able to return gifts I donít care for or that doesnít fit. And anyone that knows me knows not to buy me clothing as I am real specific about what I like to wear and what I wonít.

    Iíve recently been on a hooded sweat shirt kick. And now I have about a half-dozen new hooded sweat shirts in a variety of colors. I was originally looking for a certain type of hooded sweat shirt that comes with built in mittens. I know Iíve seen such a thing, but I canít seem to find one anywhere. Should you happen to know where to get one, please drop me a line.

    Iíve also had to make a slight adjustment in pants size since my days of jogging and whirlwind activities when I was pursuing acting and waiteressing. Or it could be just age creeping up on me (but I choose to discount that).

    Herman has added some lined denims to his wardrobe for winter weather. This keeps his legs warm when out working in the cold. Since he does our snowblowing in the winter, I figure he deserves to be warm.

    I was thinking of getting some lined denims myself, since my legs get cold easily in winter. But Leviís donít make lined denims as far as I know, and I canít see using a different brand.

    I also got some special mittens last year that go over my hands and keep them warm even if my hands arenít behaving, as they are want to do. I got them at Beacon Wholesale on South Main Street in Gloversville. (For local folks, Beacon is moving across the street to the former Sowlesís Hardware location. This should be done by the time you read this.) There will be more room to get around, according to the owner. I was in the old location this past November and had a really hard time getting around with my electric wheelchair as they had so much stock there.

    It was actually the boxes of clothing at Beaconís that were the problem with getting around. This can happen to anyone, as I have to constantly keep Herman from collecting and keeping things he should get rid of. Which brings us back to Boxing Day.

    Take this time to look over whatever you need to return or exchange, and you might even think about getting rid of some other things that have been hanging around for awhile. It can be a double duty boxing day for you.

    (Historic Note: Boxing Day
    According to the Canadian Heritage web site, the day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. The term may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters' clients. Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year. "Boxing Day" is listed in the Canada Labor Code as a holiday.)

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com