It's one of those things that have always been there, you know, and it's just Boxing Day !
It's the day that comes after Christmas.
I HAVE wondered about it from time to time but never bothered to find out what it means.
I've looked it up on the internet and here's the drill .....
( No, it has nothing to do with boxing ! Ha ! )
"Boxing Day, December 26th, is a public holiday celebrated in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Canada.
The holiday's roots can be traced to Britain. The exact origin of the holiday isn't known for sure. There are many theories, but all agree that the holiday began with the practice of giving cash or durable goods to those of the lower classes. Gifts among equals were exchanged on or before Christmas Day, but those less fortunate received theirs the day after ( in a box and often including left-overs from the day before ). This included gifts from employers to their workers.
Only in the last century has Boxing Day become a holiday. Combining Christmas Day and Boxing Day as holidays encouraged the tradition of families getting together at Christmas time. (It's also the start of the post-Christmas bargain shopping season and the start of the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. )"
So there you are! You learn something every day!