Breaking Down Boxing Day

Celebrated in countries such as Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago on December 26, Boxing Day traces its origins to the Middle Ages when gifts of food and money were given to the poor and servants.

Before the 19th century, December 26 was known as St. Stephen’s Day and it was the day that the churches opened their “poor boxes” and distributed alms to the poor.

Today, Boxing Day is considered a secular holiday.  In many countries Boxing Day is very similar to “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving when many Americans begin shopping for the December holidays.

Apart from shopping, many families spend Boxing Day at home, playing games and watching sports.  Or they may volunteer their time or money at a local food bank.  Sounds like a fun holiday tradition to copy!


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