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Boxing Day

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day

When: December 26th. However, some people will celebrate it on the first weekday after Christmas. If Christmas falls on a Friday or a Saturday, Boxing Day is the following Monday.

Boxing Day is celebrated in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other former British commonwealth countries. It is a legal holiday in these countries. This is also St. Stephans Day, where Boxing Day gets some of it's roots. On St. Stephans' Day, churches opened their collection boxes to the poor.

Boxing Day was an expression of appreciation and thanks, much like Christmas tips are today.

The roots of the holiday goes back to the Middle Ages . On this day, members of the merchant class would take boxes, fill them with food and fruits, and give them to servants, tradespeople and the less fortunate. In the case of servants, they would work on Christmas Day, so it was only fitting that immediately after Christmas, they would be given a day off to celebrate. Usually celebrated the day after Christmas, some would celebrate the following Monday when Christmas fell on a Friday or Saturday.

Today, the giving of boxes includes filling boxes with food and clothing for the needy and performing volunteer work. Monetary gifts to charity are also common.

More Information:
Annie's Boxing Day Page

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PMAY0313 12/28/2012 12:25AM


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RUN4FOOD 12/26/2012 8:21PM

    Thought it was honoring the sport of boxing. Glad this is what the day is actually honoring.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 12/26/2012 8:15PM

    It has a teriffic cause!

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HANSBRINK 12/26/2012 4:18PM

  Yes, Happy Boxing Day.

Ironically I watched Season 2 of Downton Abbey prior to Christmas. The gentry were complaining about the servants having a celebration on Christmas day. Dinner for the gentry would be a buffet, they would need to serve themselves.

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SUGARPUNK52 12/26/2012 1:39PM

  Thank you for all the information about Boxing day.It sure wouldn't hurt us to adopt this holiday too.

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PATRICIAAK 12/26/2012 10:31AM

    Not having it 'officialy', does not preclude one from participating individually.

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JUDYAMK 12/26/2012 10:05AM

    I think that is a nice service giving to others on boxing day. We do not have that here in the states.

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