BARBECUE TIME: Yanui and Peter Rea cook up a storm for (front) Kira Smith, Isabella Hurunui, Vettoria Montez, Edith Montez, Anabel Montez and Lucia Hurunui at Robelle Domain on Christmas Eve. More barbecues will fire up today across Ipswich as the community celebrates Boxing Day.
BARBECUE TIME: Yanui and Peter Rea cook up a storm for (front) Kira Smith, Isabella Hurunui, Vettoria Montez, Edith Montez, Anabel Montez and Lucia Hurunui at Robelle Domain on Christmas Eve. More barbecues will fire up today across Ipswich as the community celebrates Boxing Day. Inga Williams

Boxing Day fun begins across the region

FAMILIES and friends across the region will be gathering today for the traditional post-Christmas get together.

Kids will be keen to test the new gizmos and gadgets that were left under the tree and there will be those who will hit the shops in earnest in the hope of snagging a bargain at the Boxing Day sales.

But there is noting more quintessentially Australian than firing up the barbie on Boxing Day, getting family and friends around and then cracking open a few drinks - hopefully the cricket against the West Indies will last for more than just three days.

Boxing Day is about friends, family, bargains and sport - whatever way you choose to spend it, the Queensland Times wishes all its readers a great weekend.