Merry American Boxing Day!

Blame it on the nog, but I herewith propose we improve upon the British bank holiday of Boxing Day, which occurs every December 26. Of course, to do so, we must first undertake a cursory exploration of the genesis and gist of the Brits’ Boxing Day tradition.

Helpfully, Elaine Lemm explains it in her article in The Spruce, “What Is Boxing Day and How Did It Get Its Name? It’s Not What You Think”:

The name is a reference to holiday gifts. A “Christmas Box” in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a “Christmas Box” from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give “Christmas Boxes” to their families.

This information may disappoint those who thought Boxing Day celebrated British pugilism; nonetheless, the day is one of spirited social intercourse, including spending time and sharing leftovers with family and friends; sporting events; faux fox hunting; bargain shopping; and “bizarre traditions including swimming the icy cold English Channel.”

But being sovereign citizens not subjects of the crown, we Americans lack a similarly festive day after Christmas—our Polar Bear clubs and shopping sprees, excluded. But this can and should be improved. It is time to have a Merry American Boxing Day!

It’s not what you think. Or is it . . .

During the American Revolution we inverted England’s triangular governing paradigm of the King on the top and the people on the bottom; we put the people on the top and the government on the bottom. In consequence, America doesn’t have a ruling elite—no matter how much the elitist Left wants to foist itself upon us. Thus, as on Christmas Day it is wise to be grateful for what one receives, on American Boxing Day it would be equally wise to be grateful for what we sovereign citizens did not receive from our public servants.

My “Dis List” of “presents” I’m grateful I didn’t get from government—no matter how much our Democratic public servants and the collusion media mightily tried to insist otherwise:

1) Being a subject not a citizen

2) Fascism—Nazi, Antifa or otherwise

3) Communism—Maoist, Soviet, Castro or otherwise

4) Socialism—Democratic or otherwise

5) A depression or recession

6) More FISA abuses and domestic spying upon innocent U.S. citizens

7) Medicare for All

8) Open borders

9) The Green New Deal

10) Reentry into the Paris Climate Accord scheme

11) Reentry into the Iran nuclear deal scam

12) The abolition of the Electoral College

13) Judicial activists confirmed to the federal bench

14) Attorney General William Barr’s and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s resignations

15) A national holiday commemorating America’s “founding” in 1619

16) A sidewalk tour of San Francisco—barefoot

17) An all-expense paid trip to the Greta Thunberg reeducation camp for climate deniers

18) AOC’s education

19) Senate Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi

20) President Mike Pence (before 2025, anyway)

Obviously, my list is truncated; and, yes, preparing the list of things to be grateful for having not received can be exhausting. But it needn’t be; and, indeed, mustn’t be.

For even while giving thanks on a Merry American Boxing Day, the battle to keep our free republic continues. The Left never rests in their quest to “fundamentally transform America”; and we must never rest in our quest to be grateful annually for the fact we’ve rebuffed the “gifts” they’ve attempted to thrust upon us.

So, Merry American Boxing Day! May you have one for decades to come.

About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."

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