December 25, 2006 1:27pm CST
why do they call it the boxing day has it got something to do with boxes or is it that on this day there r lots of empty opened boxes lying around to be picked up? plz tell me
• United States
25 Dec 06
lol here I'll give you an answer that actually has to do with your topic, although I am not sure how helpful it will be. I think the name Boxing Day originated in England, and when I was living over there someone explained to me that back in the day when society was pretty much divided between the wealthy and their servants, the servants had to wait until the day after Christmas to receive their gifts. The rich families would fill up boxes with their cast-off belongings, perhaps old stuff from the year before, or maybe even things they had received that Christmas that they did not want. They would then pass these things on to the servants. I am not sure how accurate this is... I checked it against Wikipedia (there are several explanations given on the site, I'd check them out if you are really curious!), and although there are some similarities , this exact explanation is not given on that site. However, it is what I was always told!
26 Dec 06
The day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. The term may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters' clients. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day The more common stories include: * In feudal times, Christmas was a reason for a gathering of extended families. All the serfs would gather their families in the manor of their lord, which made it easier for the lord of the estate to hand out annual stipends to the serfs. After all the Christmas parties on 26 December, the lord of the estate would give practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land. Each family would get a box full of such goods the day after Christmas. Under this explanation, there was nothing voluntary about this transaction; the lord of the manor was obliged to supply these goods. Because of the boxes being given out, the day was called Boxing Day. * In Britain many years ago, it was common practice for the servants to carry boxes to their employers when they arrived for their day's work on the day after Christmas. Their employers would then put coins in the boxes as special end-of-year gifts. This can be compared with the modern day concept of Christmas bonuses. The servants carried boxes for the coins, hence the name Boxing Day. * In churches, it was traditional to open the church's donation box on Christmas Day, and the money in the donation box was to be distributed to the poorer or lower class citizens on the next day. In this case, the "box" in "Boxing Day" comes from that one gigantic lockbox in which the donations were left. * Boxing Day was the day when the wren, the king of birds, was captured and put in a box and introduced to each household in the village when he would be asked for a successful year and a good harvest. See Frazer's Golden Bough. o Evidence can also be found in Wassail songs such as: Where are you going ? said Milder to Malder, Oh where are you going ? said Fessel to Foe, I'm going to hunt the cutty wren said Milder to Malder, I'm going to hunt the cutty wren said John the Rednose. And what will you do wi' it ? said Milder to Malder, And what will you do wi' it ? said Fessel to Foe, I'll put it in a box said Milder to Malder, I'll put it in a box said John the Rednose. etc. * Because the staff had to work on such an important day as Christmas Day by serving the master of the house and their family, they were given the following day off. Since being kept away from their own families to work on a traditional religious holiday and not being able to celebrate Christmas Dinner, the customary benefit was to "box" up the leftover food from Christmas Day and send it away with the servants and their families. Hence the "boxing" of food became "Boxing Day".