Boxing Day… What is it?
No, it has nothing to do with the sport of two contending fighters in festive red gloves. Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and a few other countries. Traditionally it is celebrated on December 26, but sometimes falls on the first weekday after Christmas. Boxing Day is often enjoyed by shopping, feasting and watching sports, especially fútbol.
The origins of the holiday are much different from the festivities of today though. Centuries ago, aristocrats would give gifts to their servants or other poor tradespersons the day after Christmas. These gifts were given in boxes thus creating one theory for the holiday’s namesake. Another theory is that the name comes from the boxes used at Christmastime to collect alms for the poor. Either way, the holiday has become a fun additive to the holiday season for those who celebrate it!