Why is it called Boxing Day?
There's plenty of theories, so we've broken them down.
The earliest mention was in the 1830s where a ‘Christmas Box’ was the name for a Christmas present.
It also relates to giving to the poor. Traditionally, there was a box to collect money for the poor placed in churches on Christmas Day and opened the next day - Boxing Day, aka St Stephen's Day.
The Victorians were the ones who made Boxing Day a Bank Holiday in 1871. Around the same time the tradition of giving servants time off to visit the family was growing. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants. Their master would give them a box to take with them. It used to hold gifts, a bonus and sometimes leftovers.
Sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. If the voyage was a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents then given to the poor.
Why is Boxing Day called Boxing Day? Why we celebrate it, its meaning and its other name - Mirror Online
Boxing Day is considered to be the second day of Christmas.
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