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I have to break it out to you: in France, we don’t celebrate Boxing day. We simply don’t have it. Tough but true. It is common practice to go back to work on the 26th of December. Usually, you celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and you have a big lunch on the 25th. That’s it, celebrations are over. See, contrary to popular beliefs, the French are sometimes working when the Anglo-Saxon world just stops for a massive shopping spree! I thought that I should clarify this point. Somehow it makes me feel better. It might have something to do with the fact that I used to be told all the time that ‘we French’ never work.


When we first moved to London, I didn’t understand why you don’t have to go to work on the 26th of December. It took me a while to get it. That said, there is a Tube strike in London today and I won’t venture anywhere near a shop today. Not a chance.

Boxing Day is just a bonus for us. London is empty and it is a good time to catch up with family and just take it easy. I might even go for a lovely jog outside it it doesn’t start to rain again. I might be British now but I can’t really run in the rain. What are treadmills for anyway?

I hope that you are all having  a lovely time, and that you don’t have to work today!

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • In Ireland it is St.Stephen’s Day and Mad Retailers convincing us we can change our lives and find happiness by buying Sofas / TV’s / Fitted Kitchens etc; have not quiet hijacked it yet. The English joke is it is called Boxing Day because that’s when the Irish fight outside pubs should not be repeated!!!

  • MuMuGB

    I am staying at home. I wouldn’t be able to deal with busy shops right now…

  • Rachel Howells

    Treadmills are for laundry and unfulfilled intentions 😉

  • SarahHague

    I had a bloody awful Boxing Day. It was one thing after another of crap. 🙁

    Over now though. Hurrah!

  • MuMuGB

    So sorry for you. If it is of any help, it kept raining over here!

  • MuMuGB

    Hmmm…really? I have always wanted a treadmill. What does it mean then?