Now, I realise that previous blogs that I wrote, regarding the festive season, and Christmas in particular, were, at times, somewhat 'tongue-in-cheek'. There I was going on about Christmas and affectionately calling it 'Boxing Day Eve'.
Now the usage of 'Boxing Day Eve', does sound quite awkward when used as a replacement in much-loved Christmas songs. For example: 'Have yourself a merry little 'Boxing Day Eve', just doesn't work. 'Rockin' around the 'Boxing Day Eve' tree', The twelve days of 'Boxing Day Eve', 'I'm dreaming of a white 'Boxing Day Eve'...you see, it just doesn't work. And, heaven forbid, can you imagine 'Noddy Holder' from 'Slade' screaming out that opening line to, 'Merry Christmas everybody', with not, 'It's Christmas!', but instead, 'It's Boxing Day Eve!' Me thinkest not.
So in my own ongoing tradition of 'thinking out of the 'box'...ing day eve'; I present to you, A 'Boxing Day Eve' Carol'. So this will be a slight variation on 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. My apologies to Mr. Dickens. My apologies to you if you have 'great expectations'.
Now then, you may be familiar with Ebenezer Scrooge. Ebenezer was a really mean, cynical and downright stingy old chap. Ebenezer had a business partner named Jacob Marley. Jacob Marley was not related to Bob Marley, or for that matter, had never even listened to Reggae music. Jacob, as miserable as Scrooge, had passed away and left the business in the capable and greedy hands of our cynical friend, Scrooge.
On December 24th, Scrooge went to bed and got a visitation from Jacob who was wearing chains. Apparently, the chains were symbolic of the way he had led his rather nasty life. The chains had nothing to do with a kinky fetish. Ebenezer also got a visit from the ghost of 'Boxing Day Eve' past, the ghost of 'Boxing Day Eve' present and the ghost of 'Boxing Day Eve' yet to come. All of these visitations scared the crap out of him and thus he awoke a changed man.
Upon realising that only the night had passed and it was actually December 25th; Scrooge got all giddy, ran to his window and yelled at a rather confused child. He asked the child to go to the butcher's and grab a turkey. This new, improved, happy-go-lucky Scrooge made amends for his cynical past. He became a friend to his employee Bob Cratchit and his son 'Tiny Tim'. In fact, Ebenezer became a changed man for all to see. His family, his new friends, reaped the benefits of a kinder, more caring, more compassionate man.
'A Christmas Carol' is a story of inspiration. It demonstrates that we can all change for the better. Personally I didn't need a bunch of ghosts sorting me out. No, I confronted, I challenged my 'demons'. Being positive can be hard work. Yet the alternative is a dark, dreary and lonely place. A place I left behind. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge...
If you want to see some of my past 'Boxing Day Eve' blogs , maybe out of curiosity, maybe out of boredom; here are some links: http://klahanie.blogspot.com/2007/12/boxing-day-eve.html