If you were like me, you always seen Boxing Day on your calendar. I never knew what it was. I thought it was a day for the sport of boxing where people fight each other. It wasn’t until 2010 doing the our family Christmas Newsletter, Patterson Post that I found out what it is. This is just a brief write up about this holiday.
What is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is a day we see on our calendars every year and we all have wondered what exactly it is?
Traditionally, Boxing Day, celebrated on 26 December, they day after Christmas, however, Boxing Day cannot be on a Sunday, that day being the officially recognized day of worship. A public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations. In South Africa this public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill. In some countries it is a bank holiday, meaning the banks are closed.
The name derives from the English tradition giving seasonal gifts (in the form of a “Christmas Box”) to less wealthy people. In the United Kingdom this was later extended to various work people such as laborers, servants, tradespeople and postal workers.
You would put money or presents in these Christmas boxes and usually gave them to your working staff sometimes to other people who may be affiliated with you in doing business or everyday stuff.
I like the fact that Boxing Day cannot be on a Sunday, because it is the day of Worship, yet this holiday is considered to be a secular holiday too. I learned it wasn’t about people fighting in the sport of boxing but about using the leftover Christmas Boxes the day after Christmas.