Your Guide To Boxing Day

Boxing Day is held every December 26th in many countries associated with the British empire. It started as a day to give gifts to the household staff of Britain’s upper classes but has morphed into a sort of shopping holiday of its own.

Here’s the Deal with Boxing Day, a Mysterious but Very Real Holiday

You probably have some vague notion of what Boxing Day is, but if you had to actually describe it? Crickets. This is fine; you’re not alone—one of the top Google searches on the subject is "What's the point of Boxing Day?" You’ll see it on calendars sometimes, but it’s kind of like Arbor Day in that it’s not a federal holiday and nothing in particular seems to happen. At least, that's the case here in the United States. But outside of America, Boxing Day is actually a bona fide public holiday, celebrated most heartily by the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth nations. Let’s explore.

Boxing Day Traditions Around the World

While the exact origins of Boxing Day aren’t completely known, one of the more well-known traditions of this holiday started several hundred years ago in England. At this time, Boxing Day — the day after Christmas — was when the wealthy landowners would bring gifts of food or other necessities to the homes of people who worked for them. Many countries have continued this tradition of being generous to those who are in need at this time of year, but Boxing Day around the world has also changed to include other festivities and events.

Things to do on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is one of my favourite dates over the festive period. With the rush of Christmas Day over, it’s a lovely opportunity to relax with the family, enjoy the gifts you've received and spend time in the fresh air walking off the excesses of the day before! In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some great things to do on Boxing Day with your family, with activities to suit relatives of all ages.