The origin of Boxing Day

The origin of Boxing Day seems to be a bit clouded with mystery with several possible theories of when and why the tradition started.

One theory is in the middle ages servants who were required to serve their employers on Christmas Day were allowed to have the following day off to spend with their families. As they left their employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts, bonuses and sometimes left over food.

Another theory centers around the Alms Box that was traditionally opened the day after Christmas and its contents distributed to the poor. Some churches still open these boxes on Boxing Day.

One last theory looks at the custom of tradespeople to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. We like the sound of this one!!!!

Today Boxing Day is Bank Holiday that is synonymous with thousands of people rushing to the shops to get after Christmas deals on clothes and the latest gadgets. Customs and traditions change over time, so instead of our customers thanking us, we want to take a moment to thank all of you for an amazing 2015. Happy Holidays!!

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