It’s boxing day! Which means a day Santa Claus can rest when he already worked so hard sending present to everyone all over the world on Christmas Day..
Traditionally, Boxing Day is the day following Christmas Day. Though there are several theories on how Boxing Day originated, the most commonly accepted theory is that it was on the 26th of December that servants and tradespeople received “Christmas box” gifts from their employers, inspiring the name.
Another story suggests that Boxing Day’s origins can be found in the song “Good King Wenceslas.” An article in TIME World states “According to the Christmas carol, Wenceslas, who was Duke of Bohemia in the early 10th century, was surveying his land on St. Stephen’s Day — Dec. 26 — when he saw a poor man gathering wood in the middle of a snowstorm. Moved, the King gathered up surplus food and wine and carried them through the blizzard to the peasant’s door. The alms-giving tradition has always been closely associated with the Christmas season.”
These days however, Boxing Day is most best described as the bank holiday after Christmas that is observed by the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations. In these countries Boxing Day is treated as a statutory holiday in which all full-time workers receive time off with pay.
In some European countries such as Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia, the 26th of December is celebrated simply as the second day of Christmas. Boxing Day is additionally a big day for viewing sports on television including football (soccer), rugby, horse racing and more!
How I wish I can spend this time lounging around a fire with family, friends, unwrapped presents and plump post-holiday feast bellies. *so westernize*
But too bad, usually, the typical house in Asia won’t have bond fire stove in the house. Hihi. So what can I do I just sitting on the floor, and unwrapping all my Christmas gift happily and satisfy-ly on this boxing day! Hihi
Happy Holidays & best wishes for the New Year!