This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Two for Tuesday

Today being Twofer Tuesday I have something that even spills over to Wednesday and 9 January depending on what part of Europe you reside in.

Number 1 for Tuesday: Today is officially Boxing Day in the United Kingdom.  It is also known as their Bank Holiday.  Throw in celebrating the Feast of St. Stephen and that makes for a very busy agenda.  I guess you could say that the U.K. holiday itself is a "Three-fer."

Number 2 for Tuesday:  As mentioned, December 26th is also the Feast of St. Stephen with the caveat that it is if you are a member of the Western Catholic Church.  The feast of St. Stephen in many Eastern and Central European countries is celebrated either on 27 December or 9 January.  (Has something to do with which calendar they follow.)

On my recent trip to Central Europe just about every major city and town we visited had a Cathedral or church dedicated in honor of St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary. 

In Budapest we visited the Basilica of St. Stephen (above) which houses the mummified right hand of St. Stephen.  (For background as to how the hand ended up there click here.)  My photo doesn't show the hand too well but you get the idea. 
As Cathedrals and churches go I tend to subscribe to the Buzzy take that "if you've seen one you've seen 'em all."  (He also had this opinion of museums which I do not go along with.)  However, St. Stephen was one of the nicer ones that I have schlepped through.  Its cupola dome was very noteworthy.
The above photo is one I found online somewhere.  Below is my attempt to photograph it.  Great shot of my nostrils wouldn't you say?

Holy Boogers!
In Honor of St. Stephen - Brother Steve and Buzzy

So enjoy your day after Christmas/Boxing Day/Feast of St. Stephen. The following video from the Shaking' Stevens seems apropos.

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