We’re Not in Canada: Tips for All Those Working on Boxing Day

Posted December 26, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

You might not know it, but today is Boxing Day. What’s Boxing Day, you say? Here’s what Wikipedia says:

The exact etymology of the term “boxing” is unclear. There are several competing theories, none of which is definitive.[1] The European tradition, which has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions, has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown. It may come from a custom in the late Roman/early Christian era, wherein metal boxes placed outside churches were used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen,[2] which in the Western Church falls on the same day as Boxing Day.

If you’re in the United States, and you don’t have incredible vacation or holiday policies, chances are you might be working today. But somewhere around you there are empty desks and cubicles of people who had enough vacation time to take Boxing Day (or in the U.S. just the day after Christmas) off. How do you get through Boxing Day in the office alone? Here are a few tips:

  • Burn some calories. C’mon, admit it, you ate too much yesterday. I did, too. Don’t worry. We all did. So take some time on this very slow Boxing Day to work off some calories. Leave early for the gym, or go for a long walk at lunch. At the very least, do some tricep dips on your office chair (careful, wheels can make this a dangerous activity). Whatever you do, do something!
  • Send thank you notes. You probably haven’t written a thank you note for a Christmas present since you were 13 and your mom made you. But think about doing it for real this year. Grandma sent you a check? Send her a note. It will mean a lot.
  • Plan your resolution! It’s not too early to think about 2013, Career Girls, in fact, it’s just 5 little days away. And if you need some inspiration, think about attending Career Girl’s “Rock the Resolution.” Check out the video below to learn more!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."