This day, December 26, is a full one! It’s the day after Christmas … Boxing Day (traditional day to give gifts to one’s inferiors/servants) … the Feast of St. Stephen … first day of Kwanzaa … and the First Day of Christmas—has your true love delivered your partridge yet?
And it’s traditionally the day when Duke Wenceslaus from Bohemia (a Czech province) went walking in the snow, met a poor man, and proved he was a saint by providing warm footprints for his page to walk in. Because of this (which supposedly occurred in the 10th century), Holy Roman Emperor Otto I gave him regal authority posthumously.
I’ve always loved the story: the kindly king, the chilly pageboy, the totally unlikely miracle—wouldn’t the snow melt if the footprints were warm?
Stephen, by the way, was the first Christian martyr. He was a deacon in charge of making sure the Greek and Jewish widows were given equal treatment. He died echoing Jesus: “Do not hold this sin against them!”
And Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, ascended to heaven, and seated at the right hand of the Father, rose to greet Stephen when he went Home (Acts 7:56).
Have a beautiful day!