2017 – TUESDAY 26 DECEMBER
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.
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.”