Boxing Day

unnamed.jpgBoxing Day is a chance for Santa to catch a break, and for parents to finally unwind after the hectic festivities.

December 26th, is Boxing Day and is a holiday celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and other Commonwealth countries. Boxing Day originated in England in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria.

But how many people know how it actually got its name?

For a long time, the day after Christmas has had an association with sport. There’s usually a full fixture card in the football, plenty of horse racing, the odd rugby match, and every four years an Ashes test match.

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While historians disagree about exactly where the moniker came from, the one thing they can agree on is that it actually has nothing to do with fisticuffs.

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One of two main theories is that the day after Christmas was traditionally associated with the opening of boxes distributed by those wealthy enough to have servants.

These would be filled with small gifts and leftovers from Christmas dinner, and were given to servants, who would have been expected to work on Christmas Day, essentially as an end of year bonus.

It’s Christmas!

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Another believable theory is that the name comes from the opening of alms boxes, collected by churches.

Also in Britain, on the day after Christmas Day, servants of the wealthy were given time off to visit their families because their services were required for the Christmas Day celebrations of their employers.Dec 26, 2016.

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