I miss New York City, though I’m not sure I would ever want to live there. I miss it because the shopping is just amazing. I decided that because I had been so bad with shopping this year, that I would force myself to learn something about this day. I’m not sure if it will help me spend less this boxing day, but the lack of funds in my bank account might do that anyway.
I found out that boxing day was traditionally the day that employers gave gifts to their employees1. In English tradition, a clay box was used for those who were in higher employment positions to put in donations into the box and after Christmas the box would be shattered and the contents would be divided among the workers evenly.
I’m not quite sure how, or when it evolved into retailers having boxing day sales but I can see the connection. Can you?
- who tended to be in a lower social class[↩]