Most people I speak with have little or no idea of what Boxing Day is really all about, and quite frankly just don’t care, so long as they still get a paid day off work.
We know that Boxing Day is the day after Xmas, and a day off work, and it’s when shopping goes crazy, and various crazy sports, like cricket, football and boat racing events take place, … and there’s no boxing!
And research says that the exact origin of Boxing Day is really unknown, there are some claims that it goes back to the late Roman and early Christian era, with metal boxes being placed outside churches that were used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen.
In the UK, it was apparently a custom for tradesmen to collect ‘Christmas boxes’ of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as ‘thanks’ for good service throughout the year. Or Boxing Day is an old English tradition, in exchange for ensuring that wealthy landowners’ Christmas’ ran smoothly, their servants were allowed to take the 26th off to visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses and leftover food.
If anyone can enlighten me, please leave a comment …