December 26th is Boxing Day in England and areas that were settled by the English such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It has nothing to do with beating someone up, but rather giving gifts to tradesmen, mail carriers and doormen, as well as charities. The origins of the name are unclear, but some believe that it came from people giving gift boxes to their servants. Others think it comes from the boxes that were placed at church doors for parishioners to deposit coins for the poor.
Here in the US, the day after Christmas is usually the day people hit the mall to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of after Christmas sales. For me, it's the day I lay around in my pajamas, watch television and read. And eat of course. Delicious food must be a part of any day!
I started the day out with absolutely delicious apple cinnamon spelt pancakes. I'm not usually a big fan of pancakes, but this recipe won me over! They were made with spelt flour, rice milk, cinnamon, baking powder and diced apples. I topped them with soy free Earth Balance and maple syrup, and they didn't last long!