Boxing Day

Boxing Day is the name given to the day after Christmas Day ~ in other words, the 26th of December. It is a Bank Holiday in the UK. However, there are many areas of life that continue regardless of the holiday ~ football, for example. Many shops open on Boxing Day, too, and start their ‘winter sales’ on that day. These can attract thousands of families looking for bargains.

The name ‘Boxing Day’ is said to refer to boxes of money or gifts which were given to servants and the poor in Victorian times.

Image of Victorian servants:

(Top image: Pete Edgeler at / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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