A belated Merry Christmas to you all!!! I hope your Christmas was filled with family, friends, food and fun! Even if you didn’t have such a great Christmas, I hope today finds you in good spirits and good health.
Today is another holiday in my country! Woot! Woot! Hooray for extended weekends and holidays! For those of you whose country wasn’t conquered by the British empire, in many countries the day after Christmas is greeted with another holiday tradition, known as Boxing Day.
So what is Boxing Day anyways? Is it the day when the greatest boxers in the world have an all out brawl viewed to millions around the world and it has to be hunger game style no less (minus the death part)? Nerp!!! That doesn’t sound right. Hmmm…. how about it being the day when Santa takes all his leftover gift boxes and gives it away to the elves for a long year’s work? Ummm no…… Well what the heck is it? Even some of us who commemorate it aren’t really sure what it is more than an extra day off from work.
Well I’m about to edu-ma-cate you today lovelies. And don’t worry it’s short and sweet just like me!
Boxing Day is noted as the day following Christmas. It is a holiday tradition that originated in England and is celebrated on December 26th of each year. Boxing Day is celebrated in nations such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the countries in the Commonwealth of Nations (such as Jamaica) with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa this public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill.
Despite its name, Boxing Day, has nothing to do with the physical competition. Nor is it a day for people to return unwanted Christmas presents. Traditionally, this was the day to open the Christmas box to share the contents to the poor. The Christmas box is a wooden or clay container where people placed gifts. The boxes were generally placed in churches where parishioners deposited coins for the poor; these boxes were opened and the contents were distributed on December 26. Christmas boxes were not necessarily made in the shape of a box. Some were hollow clay balls with a slit in the top.
The name ‘Boxing Day’ derives from the tradition of giving seasonal gifts (in the form of a “Christmas box”) to less wealthy people. As time went by, Boxing Day gift giving expanded to include those who had rendered a service during the previous year. This tradition survives today as people give presents to those who have helped them throughout the year.
Ahhhh!! So that’s what Boxing Day is about! Yes loves!!! Much like Christmas Boxing day is a time of charity and goodwill. A time to give to those less fortunate than us and to remember how fortunate we are for having so much. Boxing Day is a great day to help those who’ve helped us or share with those who we may not have noted but have really been a great part of our 2017 year. And no it’s not necessary a gift-giving holiday. The gift of time spent and a lending hand has never gone out of style. So for those of you who have this day off, why don’t you venture out and lend a helping hand to someone who needs it?!