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Well, it’s been fun having some time off to celebrate the winter holidays. There are so many great December holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day. Yes, here in Canada Boxing Day, December 26, is an officially observed Holiday, a paid day off work.

All my American friends and family keep asking, what on earth is Boxing Day? They want to know if it’s the day you throw out all your boxes or the day that there are all-day boxing matches. Today it is celebrated in the same way as US Black Friday; A day of massive sales, long line-ups, and normally sane shoppers acting in erratic ways in order to score a bargain. But other than the fact that I saved $30 on a new iPod and got half price socks, Boxing Day, has to have a meaning. Doesn’t it?

I did a little research.

Believed to be of British origin there are many theories:

1. It was a day in which British Masters gave a box of goods and probably the day off to their servants who were required to work on Christmas Day.

2. Another origin has it was that this was the day Church box donations were opened and given to the needy.

3. Sill another theory had boxes placed on ships. If the voyage was successful, the box was given to a priest, opened on Christmas day and distributed.

In other words, as I suspected, no one seems to know. It’s always been a dream of mine to bring Boxing Day back home to the United States. Think about it, an extra day off. A day spent stimulating the economy. What more could you ask for. The meaning of the holiday doesn’t apply to America? That hasn’t stopped anyone in Canada or the rest of the British Commonwealth with incorporating it. Join in.

If anyone reading this knows the true origin on the holiday I would love to hear from you. To paraphrase Charlie Brown in his classic holiday special: Isn’t there anybody who knows the true meaning of Boxing Day?

 

 

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