Boxing Day: Why

it`s the day after Christmas and you are more thank likely out shopping, again. But here is the question; why?

And the only logical answer is that we can never get enough.

So where did this day come from? Well the exact orgin is not known, in fact there are many other arguments and debates on the origin of day. It is however, likely it originated in England during the Middle Ages. Tradesmen back in those days were required to work on Christmas day but were given the following day off (yay!) Their masters would present them with ‘Christmas boxes’ or gifts in return for reliable and good service throughout the year.

Boxing day (little known fact) is also the same day as the feast of Saint Stephen.

St Stephen was a little known saint who achieved eternal fame by being the first Christian to be martyred for his faith by being stoned to death shortly after Christ’s crucifixion. He’s also named in the Christmas song Good King Wenceslas.”
History of Boxing Day, Paul Denton

So basically boxing day was just another poor day that people in modern times now take advantage of. So instead of giving alms to the poor in mental boxes outside of churches, we instead return gifts that we would rather wear those ugly Christmas sweaters than use,(unless of course your gift is an ugly Christmas sweater), and buy some lovely items that are 50- 75% off.

So whatever you do just remember, somewhere out there , someone less fortunate as you might be in need of that ugly Christmas sweater.


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