Did you know that:
Wednesday, December 26 (today) is Box Day?
My friend, Ruth, in her blog mentioned that today is”Box Day,” December 26.
So, my question was – what is Box Day?
By Elaine Lemm
What is Boxing Day, and why do Canadians celebrate it?
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day. It originated in the United Kingdom, and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.
Ever wondered what Boxing Day is, what it means and where this unusual name comes from? You may find the answers interesting.
Arguments come thick and fast as to why, and I hope, like me, you find the answers below interesting. But firstly, I must say, it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.
The most straightforward answer would be that we are a little greedy here in the UK and Ireland in wanting a more extended holiday. It is not enough for us to have only Christmas Day celebrations, we have added to this another event called Boxing Day. But the answer is not that simple.
Boxing Day is a national Bank Holiday, a day to spend with family and friends and to eat up all the leftovers of Christmas Day. The origins of the day, however, are steeped in history and tradition.
Why is it Called Boxing Day?
Arguments abound on the origins of the name Boxing Day. All the answers below are valid, so maybe it is one, or even all of them.
01 The name is a reference to holiday gifts. A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
02 The name is a reference to charity drives. A box to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day – Boxing Day.
03 The name refers to a nautical tradition. Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Were the voyage a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents then given to the poor.
So, have a merry, merry BOX DAY, Ruth.