Boxing Day – The Day after Christmas

Boxing Day – The Day After Christmas

I first heard about Boxing Day quite a few years ago, while spending the holidays in Portugal, with my family. As we were walking around in a very quiet, almost deserted Lagos, Portugal, I noticed a “Closed on Boxing Day” sign in the window of an Internet cafe.

So, on Boxing Day, considered for some the second day of Christmas, we finally get to take a closer look at our Christmas gifts. How about them Christmas gifts? Do we like them? Are we happy with them? Are we going to put them to good use or place them right back in their boxes, with a mental note to return them as soon as possible?

How do you spend the day after Christmas? Do you make plans for New Year’s Eve and the new year about to start? Do you photograph the tranquility of the day or edit the images captured on Christmas Eve and Day? Do you test out your new photography gear or make plans to try it out once the holidays are over?

I personally like the tranquility of the days following a holiday. Especially during the winter holidays. It offers me time to contemplate the year that’s coming to an end and think of my resolutions and goals for the year to come. I brainstorm and write down ideas (and, yes, I write them down the old fashion way, by hand, because I remember them better that way).

City Lights and Palm Trees. Lagos, Portugal. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

So, how do we spend Boxing Day and the other days between Christmas and New Year’s Day? Do we approach our goals head-on, with new hope? Or do we walk along them, in solitude, trying to figure out what’s next?

Maybe that’s something to think about over the remaining days of this year.

Feeding the cats in Portugal. Meia Praia, Lagos, Portugal.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Happy Holidays!

Alina Oswald


  1. Hallo Alina,
    thank you for posting and sharing your experiences made in in Lagos. We also spent in February 2017 a week in Lagos and we were quite impressed about this small town in the south of Portugal. I would like to share with you photographs which show this village in a different kind of manner. You will get the pics via email.
    I wish a happy new year.


    1. Hallo Klaus, Thank you so very much for keeping in touch, reading the blog and for your kind words. We used to meet our families and spend the holidays in Lagos, Portugal. Beautiful, quiet place and mild temps, too. I’d love to see a few of your images. Look forward to it!
      Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and yours, too!
      Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch! 🙂


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