Ah, the Festive fixtures are here! While the time around Christmas might be ideal for spending with family, for those of us with the football (I know this is an American publication, but we're not calling it soccer in this post. It'll be OK.) obsession the week and a half around Christmas means matches upon matches upon matches.
It all starts with Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. Boxing Day was created as what must be the most aristocratic holiday in the world back in the 19th century. Throughout the British Empire, the first work day after Christmas became a day where servants, post men and other working class folks would be given a "Christmas Box" and the day off. It sounds nice, but with just a smidge of class belittlement thrown in for good measure.
Nowadays, Boxing Day really just means a day off of work for everybody, thus it is a perfect day to watch football until your brains leak out your ears. There are nine games on today and one Friday.
That's just the start of things. Many of the teams playing today will be taking the pitch again on Saturday or Sunday. Then New Years Day is yet another opportunity to avoid one's family, as there are nine more games. This truly is the best time of year to hit the bar at 8 in the morning and ignore the family.
In the gallery below you're find tattoos of all the fine folks you're likely sitting among, raising a pint and singing a song.
Cheers to the Leicester City fan who will wear this Captain Wes Morgan tattoo on him until his dying day.