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  What is Boxing Day?
Another theory is that the boxes placed in churches where parishioners deposited coins for the poor were opened and the contents distributed on December 26, which is also the Feast of St.
Boxing Day is December 26, the day after Christmas, and is celebrated in Great Britain and in most areas settled by the English (the U.S. is the major exception), including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Boxing Day is just one of the British bank holidays recognized since 1871 that are observed by banks, government offices, and the post office.
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 Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Boxing Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
There is much dispute over the true origins of Boxing Day, but one common story of the holiday's origins is that servants used to receive Christmas gifts from their employers on December 26, after the family celebrations.
Boxing Day is now a public holiday in the UK, and traditionally a day of sport.
In Canada, Boxing Day is also observed as a public holiday, and is a day when stores, especially electronics stores, sell their excess Christmas inventory at radically reduced prices.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/bo/Boxing_Day   (177 words)

  
 ELAINE'S BOXING DAY PAGE
Boxing Day is so called because on this day it was the customary for tradesmen to collect their Christmas boxes or gifts in return for good service throughout the year.
Mainly it is a day we try not to cook, as the day before is always very busy in the kitchen, and it is nice not to expect the lady of the house to be in the kitchen on this second day of Christmas, and to spend more time with family and friends.
The postman and dustbin men/refuse men, get their boxing day money on their last delivery day before Christmas starts, not everyone gives them money, some give mincepies, and some people do not give anything, as it is a very old tradition.
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 Boxing Day - Gamegrene - Ghyll
Boxing Day is quite possibly the most important Ghyllian holiday, at least in some cultures, and is certainly one of the most widespread.
Its roots lie in the day the Exis of Whunn marched his grand and glorious army to Bute, only to find the gates closed, an unforeseen, and as argued by many great thinkers of his day, unforeseeable event.
Boxing Day is celebrated different ways in different places, though there are a few things that always remain constant.
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 TRADITIONS : Boxing Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Boxing Day - December 26th - is a tradition from WAY back, when many working people were "in service" or apprenticed or otherwise worked away from home and had very little time off.
Boxing Day was the day they DID always have off and were allowed to go home to visit their families, taking with them "Christmas Boxes" of gifts.
Nowadays Boxing Day is usually the day when families travel to meet together if they spent Christmas Day at their own home - my brother and his wife always come over and we - that is, my extended family and my mother - join them for a meal.
www.geocities.com /traditions_uk/boxingday.html   (173 words)

  
 Boxing Day - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Boxing Day is a statutory holiday in Canada, observed on the day after Christmas.
Boxing Day, popular term applied to December 26 in England, Wales, parts of Canada, and in some other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations....
Boxing, fistfighting sport between two matched combatants wearing padded gloves.
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 Boxing Day at AllExperts
Boxing Day is a public holiday observed in many Commonwealth countries on December 26.
*Boxing Day was the day when the wren, the king of birds was captured and put in a box and introduced to each household in the village when he would be asked for a successful year and a good harvest.
Boxing Day in the UK is traditionally a day for sporting activity, originally fox hunting, but in modern times football and horseracing.
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 Boxing Day- St. Stephen's Day
Boxing Day was the day when the wren, the king of birds,[3] was captured and put in a box and introduced to each household in the village when he would be asked for a successful year and a good harvest.
Boxing Day in the UK is traditionally a day for sporting activity, originally fox hunting, but in modern times football and horse racing.
Boxing Day (in French, lendemain de Noël, "day after Christmas") is also observed as a public holiday in Commonwealth countries, and is a day when stores sell their excess Christmas inventory at significantly reduced prices.
www.crystalinks.com /boxingday.html   (1639 words)

  
 boxing day origins
After all, December 26 is the day when stores dramatically reduce the prices of their year-end merchandise and thus attract throngs of eager shoppers who would storm the malls in a frenzied mission to snatch up bargains.
The Boxing Day tradition began in Britain possibly as early as in the Middle Ages; with regards to its origin, there are two main schools of thought.
Boxing Day is therefore much more than a fun day at the mall; it is meant to be a day of giving and sharing, and of charity and appreciation in an extension of seasonal joy.
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 History Of Boxing Day
Boxing Day originated in England in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria.
Boxing Day is so called because it was the custom on that day for tradesmen to collect their Christmas boxes or gifts in return for good and reliable service throughout the year.
On the day after Christmas, the priests used to open the boxes and distribute the contents to the poor of the village.
www.pauldenton.co.uk /Boxingday.htm   (356 words)

  
 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Boxing Day
Boxing Day might well be a statutory holiday in some of those lands, but it's not a well understood one.
The contents of this alms box originated with the ordinary folks in the parish who were under no direct obligation to provide anything at all and were certainly not tied to the recipients by a employer/employee relationship.
The box was not to be opened until the return of the vessel; and we can conceive that, in cases where the mariners had had a perilous time of it, this casket would be found to enclose a tolerable offering.
www.snopes.com /holidays/christmas/boxing.asp   (1224 words)

  
 Kids Domain - Boxing Day - An English Tradition
Boxing Day began in England, in the middle of the nineteenth century, under Queen Victoria.
Boxing Day, also known as St. Stephen's Day, was a way for the upper class to give gifts of cash, or other goods, to those of the lower classes.
To keep the tradition of Boxing Day alive, many businesses, organizations, and families donate their time, services, and money to aid Food Banks and provide gifts for the poor, or they may choose to help an individual family that is in need.
www.kidsdomain.com /holiday/xmas/around/boxingday.html?trnstl=1   (440 words)

  
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Boxing Day, celebrated on December 26 or the first weekday following Christmas, is a legal holiday in Canada, Great Britain, and some other countries.
Locally, Boxing Day is an occasion for giving to the less fortunate and finishing off the local cassava pie, turkey and other Christmas eats, family gatherings, social drinking and relaxing.
Or it may have begun with priests, who opened the church's alms (charity) boxes on the day after Christmas and distributed the contents to the poor.
www.lycos.com /info/boxing-day.html   (402 words)

  
 Boxing Day | Kwanzaa | December 26, 2006 | December Holidays | Tradition | History | Origin | African-American | Nguzo ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Both Boxing Day and Kwanzaa are celebrated on December 26th of every year, but Kwanzaa goes on until January 1st.
Stephans Day and in Italy as Santo Stefano.
For seven days, Kwanzaa is celebrated, each day focusing on a different principle or belief known as the Nguzo Saba.
www.kidzworld.com /article/1624-boxing-day-and-kwanzaa   (393 words)

  
 How to Celebrate Boxing Day - eHow.com
While stories of the origins of Boxing Day sometimes conflict, the holiday (which falls on the first weekday after Christmas - usually December 26 - and coincides with the Feast of Saint Stephen) is celebrated in Britain, Canada and several other countries.
Other traditions hold that Boxing Day came about because the churches' alms boxes were opened that day, and the funds were used to provide food for the poor.
Boxing Day is not an American holiday, so don't expect to find too many celebrations going on in the United States.
www.ehow.com /how_11775_celebrate-boxing-day.html   (598 words)

  
 whychristmas?com -- Christmas Customs and Traditions -- Boxing Day
Boxing Day takes place on December 26th and is only celebrated in a few countries.
It was the day when the alms box, collection boxes for the poor often kept in churches, were opened so that the contents could be distributed to poor people.
The Carol, Good King Wencelas, is set on Boxing Day and is about a King in the Middle Ages who brings food to a poor family.
www.whychristmas.com /customs/boxingday.shtml   (410 words)

  
 Boxing Day | Canada | History | December Holidays   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The first Boxing Day is believed to have started in the Middle Ages.
Others think it was named for the tradition of opening charity boxes placed in churches during the Christmas season.
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
www.kidzworld.com /article/200-boxing-day   (239 words)

  
 Boxing Day - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Traditionally, on that day the employers would give presents, generally of money, to servants, tradespeople, and itinerants.
The games were greatly expanded from a one-day festival of athletics and wrestling to, in 472 bc, five days with many events.
This was followed by In the Name of the Father (1993), the story of the Guildford Four, wrongly convicted as IRA bombers, with Day-Lewis, Emma...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Boxing_Day.html   (167 words)

  
 Boxing Day
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in England and Commonwealth countries (Canada, Australia and New Zealand).
Boxing Day originated in the Middle Ages and is generally believed to have begun with the practice of lords of the manor distributing gifts to the servants and other workers on their lands.
Even though Boxing Day has its roots in the Middle Ages, it did not become an official holiday until the nineteenth century during the reign of Queen Victoria.
hubpages.com /hub/Boxing_Day   (656 words)

  
 deseretnews.com | Stretch out Christmas holiday by celebrating Boxing Day
In Canada it's an official holiday, and Boxing Day is celebrated in many places — besides the United States — influenced by the English: Australia, New Zealand and Scotland.
For most Brits it's a day to indulge in leftover turkey and something called bubble and squeak, which is leftover veggies and potatoes fried up in turkey fat usually and any gravy left from Christmas dinner.
Tradition has it that on Boxing Day in Victorian England, the poor went from house to house bearing boxes that were filled by compassionate homeowners with food, clothing and gifts.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,600099615,00.html   (988 words)

  
 Boxing Day in England
The name of the day goes back to medieval times, more than 800 years ago, when alms boxes were placed at the back of every church to collect money for the poor.
Traditionally, it is on this day that the alms box at every English church is opened and the contents are distributed to the poor.
The Christmas boxes were made from clay and were not made in the shape of a box.
www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk /customs/Xmas/boxingday.html   (950 words)

  
 IPL Kidspace: Culture Quest
It may have begun with the lords and ladies of England, who presented Christmas gifts in boxes to their servants on December 26, or it may have begun with priests, who opened the church's alms boxes on the day after Christmas and distributed the contents to the poor.
Boxing Day's name probably comes from the old custom of giving boxes of gifts to people who provide public services, such as mail carriers.
Throughout the holiday season, many organizations follow the original tradition of Boxing Day by donating their time, energy, and money to fill the Food Bank, provide gifts for children who live in poverty, or to help an individual family who is in great need.
www.ipl.org /div/kidspace/cquest/europe/ukholiday.html   (402 words)

  
 The Youth Online Club - Boxing Day
The term, "Boxing Day", may come from the opening of church poor boxes on that day.
Christmas Day was always the day you spent at home with your family, but Boxing Day would always be the day you would go to your grandparents' home.
Boxing Day has also come to incorporate sports, such as soccer, and general activity after Christmas.
www.youthonline.ca /boxingday   (415 words)

  
 Boxing Day - English Culture
In England, the day after Christmas, called Boxing Day, (also known as St. Stephen's Day) is a day to honor public and domestic servants and give alms to the poor.
Boxing Day is also observed in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and other Commonwealth nations.
Boxing Day is also a day for family and friends, generally people who couldn't spend time together on Christmas Day.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art9631.asp   (422 words)

  
 Boxing day National Review - Find Articles
The gym teacher left that year, his successors had no interest in boxing, and society soon passed into a zone where the idea of 13-year-old boys punching one another's faces for educational purposes became as unthinkable as the dense fug of tobacco smoke in our school's staff room.
College boxing, which seemed to have died out in the late 1960s, was re-established in 1976, and the National Collegiate Boxing Association now includes about 30 teams.
It is an odd paradox of human nature, seen in sergeants' messes as well as boxing gyms, that there is never more ease of manner, concentration on mastering tasks and skills, and warm fellowship among men than when they have come together in a group to perform lawful acts of physical violence.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1282/is_21_56/ai_n13667698   (939 words)

  
 Boxing Day Traditions, E-Cards, Recipes, Sales
Boxing Day, also known as St. Stephen's Day or Wren's Day, is one of the nicest traditions of the holiday season.
Boxing Day sales are a great way to catch some great bargains as shops clear out excess merchandise remaining from the Christmas shopping season.
Boxing Day E-Cards - Surprise your friends with a special card for boxing day in their e-mail box.
www.chiff.com /home_life/holiday/boxing_day.htm   (333 words)

  
 Christmas at Web-Holidays.com
In addition, around the 800s' churches opened their alms boxes (boxes where people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents to poor.
Boxing Day is also celebrated in places where the English have settled like Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Twelve days after Christmas is known at Twelfth Night or Epiphany and in Latin counties it is Dia de los Reyes Magos.
www.web-holidays.com /christmas/articles/a3.htm   (942 words)

  
 Boxing Day
Boxing Day, also known as the Feast of St. Stephen (after the first Christian martyr), originated in England in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria.
Also related to the origin of Boxing Day is the tradition of opening the alms boxes placed in churches over the Christmas season.
The contents of these boxes were distributed amongst the poor, by the clergy, the day after Christmas.
www.calendar-updates.com /info/holidays/canada/boxing.aspx   (268 words)

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