BOXING DAY

2017 – TUESDAY 26 DECEMBER

BOXING DAY

There are some very interesting reasons given for Boxing Day.

1. A CHRISTMAS BOX FOR SERVANTS
A “Christmas box” in Britain is a name for a Christmas present.
Boxing Day was traditionally a “day off” for servants and the day when they received a “Christmas Box” from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give “Christmas Boxes” to their families.

2. A GIFT BOX FOR THE POOR
A box to collect money for the poor traditionally – and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day – Boxing Day.

3. A GOOD LUCK BOX
Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Were the voyage a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents then given to the poor.

4. A SPORTS BOX
Boxing Day around the world has now become one of the great sporting days of the year.
A far cry from the historical significance of this special day – yet one now anticipated by so many sports fans.

4. A SHOPPING BOX
The New Boxing Day Sport – Shopping
Another ‘sport’ to emerge in recent years is shopping. Sadly, what was once a day of relaxation and family time sees the start of the sales. Sales used to start in January, post-New Year, but the desire to grab a bargain and for shops to off-load stock means many now begin on Boxing Day.

Nehemiah 8:10
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord.”

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