I would like to extend my greetings for a Good Boxing Day. May your day be great and charitable.
For my fellow Americans who do not understand Boxing Day.. it is celebrated in Canada as a traditional holiday where people give money or gifts to a charitable institution and the people of service jobs. Typical is giving presents to postal workers. Correct me if I am wrong, friends to the North.
It says on our calander Boxing Day (canada)..Now I am confused..Nothing new though.>G<
John... sounds like a nice tradition... only I've never heard of it <G>
Though we do give Christmas gifts to the maillady, newspaper delivery people, and the people who pick up our garbage.
Boxing day is the day after Christmas, and what it's best known for now is as the #1 busiest shopping day of the year. All the merchandise that retailers weren't able to move for Christmas goes on SALE Boxing day.
December 26th is the Celebration of Boxing Day in the UK. I did not know it was done in Canada but not really surprised as they were an English Colony for so long. I have already sent off my cards and wishes to all my UK Friends.
John, your definition of Boxing Day was a new one on me, and I've lived in Canada all my life! I wasn't aware that it wasn't an American tradition either, because I see lots of "Boxing Day Sale Events" advertised on American TV.
Boxing Day, as far as I know is a nothing more than a major shopping day - the day to return all those unwanted, wrong- colour, bad-fitting, presents, and get some major good deals on the stuff you REALLY wanted! Not to mention the 50% off all Christmas stuff for next year.
I for one, will NOT be going anywhere near a store tomorrow!
I know of Boxing Day in the U.K. The tradition there was when that in the upper class households the family changed roles with the servants for one day.
I wonder if they could try that on a cruise ship? Kuki would already have a leg up on us with his Butler training. I could fake it in the galley if I had to. I know I could do better than Ranch Steak. <VBG>
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In the UK, Boxing Day started as a tradition when the servants of upper class families had to work on Christmas, so they were given the day after Christmas off. The name Boxing Day comes from the fact that gifts, bonuses, or leftover food was "boxed" for the servants and given to them by their employer to take home to their families.
And, children, that concludes our history lesson for the day...
Today, Boxing Day is a big shopping day and has become a commercialized holiday tradition. Oh well, shopping with your loved ones is still spending time with them, and that's what the holidays are about, right? <G>
Merry Christmas, and Happy Boxing/Shopping day. I'll be flying to San Diego to catch the Spirit and float off to Acapulco - how lovely is that?!!!!
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Wrong, wrong, all wrong, boxing day in the UK comes from the ancient tradition of the boxes in church, where you would put your alms every sunday, being broken open and distributed amongst the poor. That is where it comes from, now it is just used as a day to sleep of the turkey
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I am sorry for all the confusion..All I wanted to do was wish all of my Canadian Friends a Happy Boxing day since it was on OUR calander and I looked it up and it stated the tradition as I wrote and then the typical, which is to give presents to the postman and public service jobs..I did not mean to stir up any disagreements..>G< So..Happy Shopping after Christmas-get a good deal-or take the stuff back and get some better stuff-Holiday. >VBG<
I WILL NOT attempt to even start with wishing anyone Happy Kwanzaa and try to explain the 7 days of that holiday. >G<
I think all of the reasons it was started fit together. It's odd, but it's hard not to imagine someone in a boxing ring when I hear of that name. At least it's not about that, unless you are fighting over lines or items in the department stores.
Happy Boxing Day all-however you celebrate it. I try NOT to shop on Boxing Day-I am too busy anyways! The stores never used to be open Dec.26, although they almost all are now a days. Although maybe tomorrow we will sneak out. It seems lots of teenagers/young people do shop Dec.26-standing in early morning lineups-looking for electronics bargains!
I want to get some of those new low-voltage LED outdoor lights. We were having a bit of an electrical problem the other day-all Xmas lights in&out and the TV seem to be on the same circuit?!?-it blew a couple of times.(We live in an older house.)