" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

December 1, 2017

Christmas/Boxing Day and Thinking Outside of the Box?

In my last post I wrote about seeing the movie 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and what I saw as shamanic connections in the imagery and some of the ideas in that movie.
A Shamanic Christmas Story?
I referred to a podcast in that post about Shamanismwhich is well worth a listen to, I think -
Woven Energy 14Reality Driven Shamanism vs. Religion and Culture
In that podcast the guys talk about putting ideas into allegorical boxes.
I thought this was a great ironic analogy considering that a cross can be folded into a box and a box can be unfolded into a cross.
That podcast can be listened to quite easily (I think) as a standalone podcast without having to listen to all the other podcasts leading up to that one in the series.
So, why does Australia celebrate Boxing Day?
"Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day.
It originated in the United Kingdom, and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.
Boxing Day is on 26 December, although the attached bank holiday or public holiday may take place either on that day or two days later.
In the liturgical calendar of Western Christianity, Boxing Day is the second day of Christmastide, and also St. Stephen's Day.
In some European countries, notably Germany, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries, 26 December is celebrated as a Second Christmas Day."
Happy Boxing Day
The 26th of December
"The 26th of December actually has its origins in a much more noble (and less painful) practice.
It is said to have begun in England during the Middle Ages, when the servants of wealthy families had to work on Christmas Day. (Come on, did you think those princes and princesses cooked their own Noche Buena? Of course not.)
To make up for it, the said servants were given the day off the morning after to visit their families and to celebrate Christmas as they wished.
Before they left on their respective outings, each servant would receive from their master a box containing gifts, bonuses, or even leftover food from the previous night’s feast.
In some variations, these Christmas boxes also referred to the ones that tradespeople would collect from their clients on the first working day after the holiday in gratitude for their services throughout the year.
In another variation of the origin story, Boxing Day refers to the boxes placed inside the churches to collect money for the poor.
These donation boxes are then opened the day after Christmas and distributed among the less fortunate. (Another spin on the tale has a sealed box onboard sailing ships for good luck. If the ship was lucky enough to complete their voyage safely, the box was given to a priest, who would then open it up at Christmas so that the contents could be given to the poor.)"
Something to ponder this Boxing Day maybe?
Ding ... ding!
Lismore unveils its third recycled Christmas tree
Woven Energy Podcast #15 How to Overcome the Miasma and Pursue Real Shamanism

UPDATE: 5th January, 2018
"Bleary-eyed and clutching coffees, the people queueing outside one upmarket fashion store on Sydney's Pitt Street began arriving before dawn and formed a line stretching 200m.

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