how many boxes did you unwrapped on boxing day?
• Cambridge, England
Boxing Day is named from the custom of tradesmen &c. asking for gifts (usually money) from their regular customers. In the days when tradesmen (grocers, butchers, dairymen, coal merchants and so on) used to deliver to their customers, they would call at their regular customer's houses on the day after Christmas Day with collection boxes and ask for 'tips' for their services. It has nothing whatsoever to do with unwrapping boxed gifts!