Amelia Island News

Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach Weather 12-23-08

By: Momma Mackie

Today’s Weather Bonus: Boxing Day Defined

Today: Sunny in the morning with clouds increasing but our days will be much warmer with highs in the mid 60s and an easterly breeze at 10 to 20 mph may kick up the surf a bit!
Tonight: There is a slight chance of rain with overnight lows in the mid 50s.
Christmas Eve: Mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 70s, perfect weather to finish up your last minute holiday details. Overnight lows will be in the mid 50s.
Christmas Day: Cloudy with highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 60s overnight.
Boxing Day: Cloudy skies will bring highs will be in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 60s.

What is boxing day? Boxing Day is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations with a mainly Christian population. It is based on the tradition of giving gifts to the less fortunate members of society. Contemporary Boxing Day in many countries is now a “shopping holiday” associated with after-Christmas sales.

The day is historically the British name for St Stephen’s Day, 26 December, which is a public holiday in many countries with predominantly Christian populations. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, St Stephen’s Day is celebrated on the 27th of December, although in Greece Boxing Day is also celebrated as a public holiday on the 26th of December. However, unlike St Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day is not always on 26 December – it is usually celebrated on the 26th of December, the day after Christmas; however, its associated public holiday can be moved to the next weekday if the 26th of December is a Saturday or Sunday. The movement of Boxing Day varies between countries.

Now, you too, are in the “know”!

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