Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Boxing Day


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By Diane Forrest

When I first heard the term Boxing Day, I pictured two guys in a ring taking swings at each other.  Then I heard somewhere that it was a day to pack up all your Christmas things in boxes.  So I decided to do a little investigation about this day.
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Boxing Day was started in England and has been mentioned as far back as 1663.  The tradition started when on the day after Christmas metal boxes were placed outside churches and used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen.  Then it became a day when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors or employers, known as a "Christmas box".   They would be filled with food and gifts.
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Today it is largely known as a banking holiday in the United Kingdom.  It is a day off with pay, and follows the day after Christmas, or if Christmas falls on a weekend, it is the next business day.  It is also a huge shopping day where you can find all types of sales.
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Today is Boxing Day, so spend the day shopping for sales, boxing up your Christmas decor, or making a gift box for someone you work with, or someone you forgot at Christmas time.

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