Happy Boxing Day

for all you non-USA dFunkers. Also known as “St. Stephens Day”. To my knowledge all the english language countries celebrate this day except for the USA.

Australia, the Kiwis, Britain, Canada etc. all celebrate Boxing Day.

Nobody really remembers where or when the tradition actually started, but it is based on the premise of spending the day after Christmas (or the day after Yule before christmas was created) distributing goods or food to people who are less fortunate for whatever reason. This could be a class based gifting, such as a master distributing goods to servant staff, or it could be charity based – like to local poor people or orphans.

Nothing to do with discarded giftboxes.

People in the USA do all that stuff too, but in a more non specified time period. Tips are given to service workers in the days leading up to Christmas. Many charity events are staged on the actual holidays, and americans typically sacrifice a portion of their comfortable holiday to serve the less fortunate in soup kitchens etc. That is, those who care to do such things.

Mostly people in the USA get obsessed with spending, buying, shopping, creating tons of debt, stressing out, and pouring over GNP numbers that are based solely on Christmas mall spending. There is a distinct sense here that if you dont shop enough at Christmas, our economy will fail – so therefore not indulging in the gluttony is somehow unamerican. Our President even told us after the 11th of September attacks that we could fight our enemy by “going shopping”.

Ah, well…We are capitalists after all. Viva Dollar…!

3 Responses to St. Stephens Day

  • The northville Tunnels site is under going a face lift The detroitfunk gallery is now at
    http://www.northville-tunnels.com/detroitfunk

    For those interested we are going to be done by the end of september. Syd

  • Hey Clark – thanks for the kind words.

    The photo set contained in the http://www.Northville-Tunnels.com archives is every single photograph I took at WCTS during 1993-1995. The Northville asylum was where I started my whole urban exploration habit back in ’93.

    I am genuinely concerned about documenting things happening in Detroit during this time period. We are rapidly losing some great buildings and landmarks – however I dont think its bad or avoidable either. I am just running around like mad trying to document as much of the change as I can. There have been other periods or renovation in the City, but this one is taking out buildings going back before 1920. But something has to change fast, and everything can not be saved.

    The rest is all first hand daily observations from roaming the entire land area of the City. Its all real shit in almost real time.

  • Thanks for doing this… archiving detroit like this. i know you’ve also got some pictures of the northville tunnels… do you have any others besides those you passed on to
    northville-tunnels.com?