Why is 'Boxing Day' called 'Boxing Day'?

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Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

Many different ideas as to why it was named that.

All the answers below are valid,  so maybe it is one, or even all of them.

  • 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.
  • A box to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day - Boxing Day.
  • 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 given to the poor.

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Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

My definition: The day after Christmas you have to fight (like boxing) through the crowds to return all the gifts and fruitcake you don't want.

Rooster seems to have the best reason for the name.

Woof Woofy Profile
Woof Woofy answered

We have boxing day in Canada and I'm positive the UK does as well... I'm not sure what it means myself lol. The US has black Friday which is basically the same thing... the stores put everything on sale.

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