What is Boxing Day and why is it called that?

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This article was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 15 December 2021

We have something in the UK called Boxing day, which we all can agree is an odd name, so let us explain what Boxing Day actually is! It is celebrated on 26th December, the day after Christmas Day, and it’s a continuation of the Christmas festivities.

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The history of the day is steeped in our social class structure. In the past, servants or tradesman that worked for wealthy families would receive a Christmas box from their employer which contained gifts. The box was a way of saying thanks for working throughout the year. Often the holiday was seen as Christmas Day for the working man who would be serving the rich on the 25th and would not get to celebrate Christmas with family members until the following day. But nowadays the tradition of the gift box no longer exists. Now it’s celebrated as a shopping holiday or one usually spent in front of the television eating loads of leftover food.

Boxing Day is a bank holiday throughout the UK, which also marks the day the sales start. The sales are a phenomenon that sees most of the high street and online retailers slash their prices dramatically.

So safe to say Boxing Day has nothing to do with the sport!

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