Happy Boxing Day

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Happy Boxing Day


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Traditionally in England, the day after Christmas is Boxing Day. And, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with families fighting over returning their presents. In fact, there is nothing pugilistic about it at all.

 

Boxing Day has several different “stories”.  According to several sources, the tradition started about 800 years ago and was the day on which churches opened the alms boxes (boxes for donations to the poor) and distributed the money.  Alms boxes may have been brought to England by the Romans; although they used them to collect money for betting games.

 

It is also related to St. Stephens Day (Day of Goodwill) which is Dec. 26. When I was a child in England, I was told that Boxing Day was the day we threw away all our Christmas boxes.

 

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In Holland, alms boxes were made of earthenware shaped like pigs which is where our piggy banks may have come from. 

 

Boxing Day is a bank holiday (public holiday) in England. Before WWII, workers (delivery men) would travel around to their customers on the 26th and receive their tips. This is no longer a tradition; tips are given prior to Christmas Day.

 

BTW, did you know that you cannot “start” a tradition? It is an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action or behavior (according to Merriam-Webster). Think about Easter egg hunts.

 

Enjoy your Boxing Day.

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Throw away those Christmas boxes and ask for some tips!

Enjoy the holidays.

Dec 26, 2014 06:29 AM #15
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Toni Weidman ....I always forget about this holiday ...Thanks for the reminder ....and I hope you have a great weekend!

Dec 26, 2014 06:33 AM #16
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I knew Boxing Day was from England but did not know the meaning.  Thanks for sharing!

Dec 26, 2014 08:00 AM #17
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Toni, I spent part of my boxing day buying boxes of Christmas cards half off for next year!  :-)

Dec 26, 2014 08:53 AM #18
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Hi Toni, Happy Boxing Day. I don't recall that I ever heard of this holiday before. But I love holidays and this one is cool. Next year I will plan to celebrate it since the day is almost over, LOL. 

Hope you Christmas was special and here is Wishing You a Very Happy, Healthy Prosperous New Year!

Dec 26, 2014 09:51 AM #19
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I think this treadition is a great one....

It should stay and around and it should spread.....

Dec 26, 2014 10:16 AM #20
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Hi Toni -- I must have been under a rock.  Ihad not hear of  boxers day.

Dec 26, 2014 10:24 AM #21
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So good to know about boxers day. Thanks.

Dec 26, 2014 10:31 AM #22
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It wasn't until the late 1990s that I learned of Boxing Day.  I still haven't truly celebrated it in any traditional way however.  I probably need to fix that. Perhaps I'll put it on my "Bucket List."

Dec 26, 2014 10:50 AM #23
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I had to smile after reading the comment left by Hill Country Dream Team and Joan Whitehead.  Now, I not only have visions of boxing gloves, but also guys running around in boxers.  I guess that can't be all bad!

Dec 26, 2014 10:52 AM #24
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Thanks for sharing the story of Boxing Day, a special day after Christmas. 

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Hi Toni, we have a 2nd day of Christmas in Germany, also a federal holiday. I miss celebrating Christmas over a 3 day period (Santa brings presents on Christmas Eve), it's much more relaxing and you don't have to rush to get together with everyone.

Dec 26, 2014 12:51 PM #26
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Happy Boxing Day and happy Kwanzaa to anyone celebrating as well! Love and light!

Dec 26, 2014 02:28 PM #27
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Andrea Bedard The second day of Christmas in Germany sounds awesome! Merry Christmas and happy new year and all of that!

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Toni, just to add to the list, Australia hosts a cricket test match on this day every year - to full packed stadium.

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Good morning Toni,

Hope your Boxing Day was fun! Thank you for the fun post..I am familiar with Boxing Day and love your presentation!

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Husband and wife after Xmas holding each other accountable to over-spending? You overspent says one and the other says you did! Get the gloves! You're on!

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Toni, well I missed this post, but a Happy Belated Boxing Day to you as well.

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thank you for all the fun comments everyone.  

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Toni Weidman ... well, we have Boxing Day up here in Canada and it's all about shopping and fantastic deals. Kind of like Black Friday.

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