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What Is Boxing Day? December 22, 2017

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We all know Boxing Day is the day after Christmas day, and is a day where people wait in the cold for hours, or even over night, in front of their favourite stores for the Boxing Day Deals. That’s nothing new to us. But do any of you know what Boxing Day really is and where it came from?

There have been many arguments on the origin of Boxing Day. Below are some answers that will clear things up!

A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present.

Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a  ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.

A box to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day – Boxing Day.

Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Were the voyage a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents then given to the poor.

What do you do on Boxing Day? Perhaps another family dinner? Do you face the Boxing Day shopping crowds? Or is it a day to relax with the family?

Comment below and let us know how you enjoy the holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Joelson Team

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