Flickr Friday: Where does ‘Boxing Day’ come from?

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?

  1. who tended to be in a lower social class[]

responses to “Flickr Friday: Where does ‘Boxing Day’ come from?” 4

  1. @AmeriGlide: I had a wonderful Christmas, thank you 🙂 I hope you had a Merry one as well. I’m not sure I could live in the country myself, but I do like being able to get away from the city from time to time (at least once a month!)

    @B: LOL I don’t blame you. I’ve only been there for a weekend at a time, both times that I’ve been… I think I’d get sick of it after about a week!

    @Penny: How did it go? We went on Tuesday but it was still pretty crazy and we’re going again on Friday. Fingers crossed I’ll get some good stuff!!

  2. I knew what boxing day was about, and I have to say I hate the whole shopping thing on boxing day! Why can’t we just have a day off?? I know that sounds silly, but with my need to go shopping and buy stuff it tends to ‘force’ me to go shopping above my better judgement. This year I still haven’t been shopping since my boyfriend has been distracting me. I’m going today, hopefully it will at least not be too busy even if the good sales have gone!

    Pennys latest..My Christmas

  3. I hope you had a Merry Christmas 🙂

    I think NY is a cool place too. However, I have only been once, but I really enjoyed it. It was amazing to see all the people walking around.

    My sister has lived there for a few years now, but personally, I like the country too much to live in a big city like NY. It was fun to visit though.

    I had heard the term boxing day before, but I never knew any of the roots of it. I wonder if anyone still does the traditional clay boxing day, because it sounds pretty cool…

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