What exactly is Boxing Day and how is it celebrated?

@not4me (1713)
United States
December 26, 2006 1:35pm CST
I've always heard of it but I don't have any friends in Canada, Australia or anywhere like that. Thanks :)
1 response
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
26 Dec 06
We don't celebrate it in the United States but my understanding is it's essentially an extension of the Christmas holiday. Traditionally, it was a day when lords would give their servants gifts.
@not4me (1713)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I see. For anyone else who sees this, what about the etymology of the word "boxing" itself? I don't get it. :S