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Today’s Quote Of The Day:

Always Keep Your Words Soft and Sweet Just In Case You Need To Eat Them.



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  1. Jenny Oram-Weaver says

    Dear Tawra, Jill and all the lovely readers of this wonderful, inspiring website. This is just a little message from me in England wishing you all a very very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. I am so envious of you all – I just LOVE reading about the tips and hints for this important time and can really feel the excitement that is around at this time. I have been in New York for four Thanksgiving Days and really enjoyed the “buzz” of such a special day. Just a historial note – I live about 20 miles from where some of the Pilgrims sailed to their new life – from Dartmouth! So I do feel I have a little connection with you all.

    I would just like to say how inspirational and helpful I have found this site to be for the past 15 months. Back in 2010 we lost our business, in fact everything – through the greedy banks in England and was that a desperate time – I could not imagine how we could get through to the next week – let alone year! I know that it is through perservering, hard work and making lots (and lots!) of life changes and we have done this – with the help from Living on a Dime! I feel we have come through the worst and even having such a horrible frightening experience in a way it gives you courage to face whatever else comes. This past year has made me stronger – and more frugal of course! but by adopting this new way of thinking, letting go of the past (it has gone!) and realising that a big house, big life style, holidays and DEBT is NOT the way to a happy life. Apologies for going on so much – just started out by wanting to say THANK YOU for providing such inspirational ideas and to also say HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you all. I am looking forward to 2012 – to making my life work for ME – keep up all your hard work Tawra and Jill – life just would not be the same without you! Very best wishes from England!!!

    • says

      Jenny thank you so much and Happy Holidays to you too. I have said it before I know but there are times (like now) when we don’t feel good or are meeting ourselves coming and going that we sometimes feel like giving up but then we get a sweet post like yours and it does help us to keep forging on so thank you.

      I have a question for you or any of our English friends and readers. I have read so many books which are set in England and love them. They talk about Boxing Day all the time and it seems almost as important as Christmas to you guys. When is it? The day after Christmas and do you exchange gifts on that day too. I always get confused when I read about it. Just wondering.

  2. Liz Rubock says

    Hi Jill: I’m not British, but my understanding of Boxing Day is that it takes place the day after Christmas and is when presents are given to servants in “boxes,” – hence the day’s name. Another theory is that “it may have begun with priests, who opened the church’s alms (charity) boxes on the day after Christmas and distributed the contents to the poor.” http://www.pauldenton.co.uk/Boxingday.htm


    • says

      Thanks Liz. I thought it was celebrated there too. I guess the part that confused me was I knew originally it was the day to give servants gifts but since most people didn’t have servants now a day I just wondered what exactly do most now. Do they have a meal like we do at Thanksgiving or give more gifts or just have parties.

  3. Grandma says

    From my reading Boxing day was the day the land owners would put a christmas dinner for the people they administered to outside the gates of the big houses.
    Nice in theory but some of the skin flints would put the entire dinner into one pot. So sure you got all the fixings but your pudding and sauce were mixed in with the goose and dressing and vegetables. The people were not impressed.
    But it is a day of giving gifts to servants and the poor.
    When I was a kid in sunday school and church we had white gift sunday and that day everyone brought a gift wrapped in white paper. It could be a can of soup or a toy or clothing. It was marked girl or boy adult or food.
    Then on boxing day it was taken to the churches or the Sally Ann and given to the less afluent people in town. That was boxing day.
    I think boxing day has really been moved to before christmas since most charities give out the gifts a couple days before christmas so the little ones can have something for christmas day like everyone else.
    the dinners are up to a week before christmas so anyone who usually gave for boxing day has just moved it forward.
    I don’t hear about it from any of the churches in my small town so not really sure if they still do it or not.

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