Well, today (26 December/day after Christmas) is Boxing Day! How exciting is that?! Since I can picture some of you Americans wondering what two guys pounding the snot out of each other in a ring has to do with anything, let me be the first to tell you what Boxing Day is all about.
It started way back in Medieval Times (as so many wonderful things do). On this holiday, people give gifts to the underprivileged, your employees, the poor, etc.
But why is it called "Boxing Day?" Well, there are many theories concerning that:
~ In feudal times, serfs would gather their all of their extended families in the manor of their lord on Christmas and the following days, which made it easier for the lord of the estate to hand out annual stipends to the serfs. The lord of the estate would give a box full of practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land. Under this explanation, there was nothing voluntary about this transaction; the lord of the manor was obliged to supply these goods. Because of the boxes being given out, the day was called Boxing Day.
~ In England many years ago (back in the days of Ebeneezer Scrooge), it was common practice for the servants to carry boxes to their employers when they arrived for their day's work on the day after Christmas. Their employers would then put coins in the boxes as a sort of Christmas bonus. The servants carried boxes for the coins, hence the name Boxing Day.
~ In churches, it was traditional to open the church's donation box on Christmas Day, and the money in the donation box was to be distributed to the poorer or lower class citizens on the next day. In this case, the "box" in "Boxing Day" comes from that lockbox in which the donations were left.
Whatever the origin, Boxing Day is a big hit in many countries, including Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, etc.
So, today is a day of goodwill to your fellow man, kindness to all, leftovers, and (last but not least) rugby.
I've never heard of this before.
Last edited by Hassun; Dec 26, 2007 at 07:33 PM.
boxing day is celebrated in canada too its like Christmas and its really fun!!
Seriously..........I have never heard of Boxing Day...........
Thanks for the post!!!!
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59wayz and I were talking the other day about certain holidays a couple days ago. I told him now that he's 21, there's nothin' left to celebrate. He replied, "Well, we can celebrate random holidays from different countries each year to make up for it! Next year, let's celebrate Boxing Day!"
I never knew what it was until today, LOL. In fact, 59wayz and I were laughing at the concept of a hoilday based on two muscle-bound men beating the piss out of eachother. I think I just may celebrate Boxing Day. LOL. It sounds fun!
LOL there are a few countries that "celebrate" it. Aust is one of them. Though..all we really 'celebrate' is the spending of even more money after christmas on the traditional boxing day sales (even though most people are broke already). We don't do anything special except be lazy after the silly rush of christmas. I think for us, it's just a name of a day in a year lol or an excuse to spend even more money
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