Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day

No more hustle and bustle for most of us. Christmas is past and today many people head to stores to exchange or return gifts.

It's Boxing Day!

No, it's not a day to put on the gloves and punch someone in the face.

Despite its name, Boxing Day (celebrated on December 26 in Great Britain) has nothing to do with a fight in the ring. Nor is it a day for people to return unwanted Christmas presents.

While the exact origins of the holiday are obscure, it is likely that Boxing Day began in England during the Middle Ages. Some historians say the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following day off.

As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes.

Today, Boxing Day is just one of the British bank holidays recognized since 1871 that are observed by banks, government offices, and the post office.

For me, Boxing Day is traditionally another day off work (vacation time!).

This year I'll be celebrating the day by running errands and seeing a long-awaited movie.

Whether you celebrate Boxing Day or not, enjoy the day.

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