Boxing

Can anybody explain what boxing day means. Essentially — Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom and most other Commonwealth countries on December 26, the day after Christmas Day. there are disparate theories as to the origins of the term. The more common stories include: It was the day when people would give a present or Christmas ‘box’ to those who have worked for them throughout the year. This is still done in Britain for postmen and paper-boys – though now the ‘box’ is mostly given before Christmas, not after. In England many years ago, it was common practice for the servants to carry boxes to their employers when they arrived for their day’s work on the day after Christmas. Their employers would then put coins in the boxes as special end-of-year gifts. This can be compared with the modern day concept of Christmas bonuses. The servants carried boxes for the coins, hence the name Boxing Day. In churches, it was traditional to open the church’s donation box on Christmas Day, and the money in the donation box was to be distributed to the poorer or lower class citizens on the next day. In this case, the “box” in “Boxing Day” comes from that lockbox in which the donations were left.

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3 Replies to “Boxing”

  1. Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom and most other Commonwealth countries on December 26, the day after Christmas Day.

  2. One theory

    Because the staff had to work on such an important day as Christmas Day by serving the master of the house and their family, they were given the following day off.

    Since being kept away from their own families to work on a traditional religious holiday and not being able to celebrate Christmas Dinner, the customary benefit was to “box” up the leftover food from Christmas Day and send it away with the servants and their families. Hence the “boxing” of food became “Boxing Day”.

  3. It is the day after Christmas. It is recognized in the U. K. , Australia, N. Z. , Canada, and other British Commonwealth countries.

    The story is that this was the day that people distributed gifts that had been collected in “boxes” to the poor. However, a sizable percentage of the people in these countries, when asked, have no idea what it means or where it came from, and, apparently, have never even thought to ask themselves this before.