Christmas comes but once a year, but for 2011, the holiday will continue one more day.
With Christmas falling on a Sunday, the federal and state government extends the holiday onto Monday, today, Dec. 26, which is celebrated in many English-speaking countries as Boxing Day.
(Boxing Day comes from store owners or the wealthy using boxes and containers from Christmas to provide money or presents to thank workers or domestic help for good service throughout the year. Today, it is better known as the big shopping day of the year; the equivelant of "Black Friday" in the US.)
All Belmont government offices are closed today as is the .
All the boxes and wrapping paper from yesterday will have to stay inside for an extra day as trash collection is delayed by one day across town.
Christmas tree recycling will not begin until after the New Year so don't place any trees on the curbside just yet.
For the first time, liquor stores around the state will be allowed to open on the Dec. 26 holiday although Belmont's will remain closed.
Federal government offices will be closed today including Belmont's two post offices.
What is open are retail stores, ready for sales and returns.