What is Boxing Day? For those in Non Commonwealth Nations it is the 26th December, it is celebrated in United Kingdom, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies. It is also known as Saint Stephen’s Day to some.
Why Is it Called Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is so called because it was the custom on that day for tradesmen and servants to collect their Christmas boxes or gifts in return for good and reliable service throughout the year. I was also taught that people boxed up leftovers from the Christmas Feast to give to the poor.
Saint Stephen was a little known saint who achieved eternal fame by being the first Christian to be martyred for his faith by being stoned to death shortly after Christ’s crucifixion. He’s also named in the Christmas song Good King Wenceslas
“Good King Wenceslas Looked Out On The Feast Of Stephen”
The traditional celebration of Boxing Day included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions, needy individuals, and people in service jobs. The holiday dates from the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown. It is possible it began with lords and ladies of England, who presented Christmas gifts in boxes to their servants on December 26. Or it may have begun with priests, who opened the church’s charity boxes on the day after Christmas and distributed the contents to the poor and needy.
In more recent times Boxing Day signals the massive Boxing Day Sales (Similar to the Black Friday Sales in USA), also the Boxing Day Test Match for Cricket………………so in my house it means Moth gets the whole day to himself to watch the cricket in peace, while me and the girls are out battling the crowds, shopping and having a ball.
That is probably where I am, this is a scheduled post!
Cheers – Julz
P.S. I’ll be back on board posting again shortly.