Today is Boxing Day
December 26, 2016 7:42am CST
When I first moved to Canada, at Christmas I heard the the 26th was called Boxing Day. I had no idea what it was and a neighbor told me it was the day that everyone boxes up their gifts and return them to the stores and exchange them to what they really wanted instead..... I thought that was a bit off as far as history but she was my closest friend and I was new to Canada...I believed her... silly me... Then a friend and I went to Dundurn Castle in Hamilton Ontario, to see their Historic Victorian Christmas. The house was awesome and the decorations for the season were beautiful. A guided tour through the old home was very interesting. The explanation of what Boxing Day was! On christmas all the staff have to take care of the owners Christmas, making sure their day is wonderful. Boxing day is the day the staff in the huge mansions had off to celebrate their Christmas. A Box filled with important things was given to every employee as a Christmas Gift. The following from the internet: One idea is that December 26 was the day centuries ago when lords of the manor and aristocrats typically distributed “Christmas boxes” often filled with small gifts, money and leftovers from Christmas dinner to their household servants and employees, who were required to work on December 25, in recognition of good service throughout the year. These boxes were, in essence, holiday bonuses. This above is from So it turned out my neighbor had no idea of where the term Boxing Day came from. But I know! How do you celebrate Boxing Day? It's a quiet day for us.
December 26 is not only a day for Santa Claus to catch his breath but a public holiday known as Boxing Day in the United Kingdom and other B...
16 people like this
• United States
29 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate I know our classes were suspended for this week but the one at the senior center was still on. Luckily we didn't know the water classes were canceled and we bumped into our teacher at the pool and we got a private class, it was fun.
• United States
28 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate I mentioned it to my husband as we drove up to Niagara Falls yesterday and we were discussing Canada. He forgot they had a holiday called Boxing Day, but when I told him, he also thought it was for the returns/exchanges. I set him straight!
• Louisville, Kentucky
28 Dec 16
We don't celebrate boxing day here in the U.S. I never even heard of it before until we made friends with someone who was from Wales and they told us the meaning. I found it very interesting as I do other customs and traditions throughout the world.
• Momence, Illinois
26 Dec 16
Have a most wonderful Boxing Day. I am just going to run out right quick and pick up some Christmas Wrapping Paper as it goes on sale for like 25 cents a roll in a local store. I am running out so I want to get some of that.