Ever wonder what “Boxing Day” is all about? It’s exact origin is really unknown but it’s a European tradition that dates back to at least the Middle Ages.
Since servants would have to wait on their masters on Christmas day, it was customary for them to have the following day off to spend with their families. As thanks for their good service throughout the year, tradesmen and servants would collect Christmas “boxes” from their employers. The boxes would typically contain money gifts and sometimes food.
These days, in Britain and in Canada, Boxing Day is known as more of a shopping holiday, much like the day after Thanksgiving here in the U.S. On this day, retailers generally offer huge discounts on purchases and open early offering “door buster” deals to customers.
Boxing Day has also traditionally been a big sporting day around the world. Everything from fox hunts to soccer, rugby, horse racing, ice hockey and cricket. No actual boxing though!
We don’t celebrate Boxing Day in the U.S. but it has become the biggest day of the year for returning unwanted gifts that we recieved for Christmas.