McMaster health profs named to Order of Canada

Great news, and kudos to the profs. Now, can someone tell me why these honors would be announced on Boxing Day? It's not like a lot of people were glued to the news. Holidays or out shopping, dontchaknow.

John Kelton, dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and Alba DiCenso, retired professor of nursing, will receive the honour from Governor General David Johnston in a special ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in 2015.

Their appointment to Canada’s highest civilian honour was announced by Johnston Friday.
— http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5233015-mcmaster-health-profs-named-to-order-of-canada/