Boxing Day takes place the Day after Christmas on December 26th.  It’s not a day where you box the ears of everyone who took out their holiday stresses on you.  Boxing Day is only celebrated in a few countries and it was started in the UK about 800 years ago, during the Middle Ages.  The day was set aside for  

the alms box or collection boxes for the poor often kept in churches, were traditionally opened so that the contents could be distributed to poor people.  To this day, some churches still open these boxes on Boxing Day.

In Holland, some collection boxes were made out of a rough pottery called “earthenware” and were shaped like pigs.  Perhaps this is where we get the term “Piggy Bank!”

“The Christmas Carol,” “Good King Wenceslas,” is set on Boxing Day and is about a King in the Middle Ages who brings food to a poor family.

It was also traditional that servants got the day off to celebrate Christmas with their families on Boxing Day.  Before World War Two, it was common for working people (such as milkmen and butchers) to travel round their delivery places and collect their Christmas box or tip. 

Boxing Day has now become another public holiday in countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is also the traditional day that Pantomimes started to play. There are also often sports played on Boxing Day in the UK, especially horse racing and football matches!

Kris Dugan