BOXING DAY - WHAT IS IT AND WHAT IS IT'S ORIGIN?

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WHAT IS BOXING DAY?

In addition to December 26th being a day for Santa to catch his breath, it's a National Holiday if your live in the United Kingdom, or other British Commonwealth countires such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

In spite of it's unusual name, Boxing Day has nothing to do with boxing or returning unwanted gifts to stores.  The term is of British origina and it is traced back to 1833 four years before Charles dickents referred to it in "The Pickwick Papers."

Boxing Day is also known as "St. Stephen's Day" in Ireland, named after the Saint who was stoned to death for beleiving in Jesus.

WHY IS IT CALLED BOXING DAY?

There are many theories as to why it was named Boxing Day.  Here a just a few.

In Britain the name for a Christmas present is "Christmas Box."   Boxing day was a day off for servants when they received a Christmas Box from their empoyer.  Servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmases Boxes to their family members.

Traditionally a box to collect money for the poor was place in Churches on Christmas Day and opened the next day - Boxing Day.

Sealed boxes containing money were collected and placed on sailing ships when setting sail for good luck.  If the voyage was a success, the box was given to the church and opened at Christmas and the contents distributed to the poor.

ACTIVITES ON BOXING DAY

In recent times Boxing Day has become synonymous with many sports.  In adition to horse racing, many football teams also play on Boxing Day.  The Birtish can also show some eccentricities by taking part in traditions which include swimming the English Channel, charity events, and run.

Fox Hunting was a popoular sport on Boxing Day, but it thankfully it has been banned and it is now forbidden to chase the fox with dogs. 

THE NEW SPORT

The new Boxing Day sport is Shopping.  What once was a day of relaxation and family time has now become the day for hunting for spectacular Boxing Day Sales.

 

 

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Michael Setunsky
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Gloria Valvasori, ASA Thanks for the info. I didn't know its orgin.

Dec 26, 2017 09:32 AM #1
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Great information, Gloria! Isn't today a big day for hockey in your country too?

Happy Boxing Day! I hope you're getting some well-deserved R&R today!

Dec 26, 2017 09:55 AM #2
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Alan May
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I have several British friends who have told me about the origins of Boxing day, year after year... and I forget every year.  Thank you for the reminder.

Dec 26, 2017 09:56 AM #3
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing some of the Boxing Day history.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Dec 26, 2017 10:13 AM #4
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Hi Roy Kelley thanks for taking the time to check out my blog.

Dec 26, 2017 10:17 AM #5
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Mary Yonkers
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Gloria Valvasori, ASA Thanks for this very informative post. Now Iknow the origin of the term, Boxing Day.

Dec 26, 2017 12:47 PM #6
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Good evening Gloria Valvasori, ASA ,

Great explanation on boxing day..I have several friends who celebrate so nice to see your explanation. Happy boxing day and stay warm!

Dec 26, 2017 07:38 PM #7
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Hi Dorie Dillard thanks for your feedback.... and yes, staying it yet again today... its VERY cold out there, only about 17F.... Brrrr

Dec 27, 2017 07:02 AM #8
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Good morning Mary Yonkers thank you so much for re-blogging my post about Boxing Day... much appreciated.  Hope you are having a great Holiday season.

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Good morning Alan May , thanks so much for  your feedback and taking the time to read my post  Have an awesome day!

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