Nowhere in the Bible is Boxing Day mentioned, which makes the holiday celebrated the day after Christmas all the more odd—why do we celebrate it?
Here are some answers to the most common questions about Boxing Day:
Why is it called Boxing Day?
The name derives from an age-old tradition of wealthy lords giving Christmas boxes to their servants to share with their families after all the formal celebrations on December 26th.
When did we start celebrating Boxing Day?
There are a number of different answers to this question, but the most commonly held is that the tradition began in the Middle Ages.
Parishioners collected money for the poor in alms boxes, which were opened the day after Christmas in honor of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, whose feast day falls on December 26.
When did Boxing Day become a national holiday?
The Victorians were the first people to really start creating specific holidays.
The Oxford English Dictionary dates the term to the 1830s. Neale clearly acknowledged the day’s public association with charity, and in 1871 St. Stephen’s Day was declared a bank holiday.
Do other countries celebrate Boxing Day?
Few countries celebrate Boxing Day, which falls on December 26th.
Mainly countries that have historical ties to the UK celebrate the day like Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and some European countries.
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