Monday Moments. Boxing Day.

Hello everyone and Happy Boxing Day!😃😻  Probably many of you are wondering what I’m talking about.  It has nothing to do with boxing, that is, not the “sport” where 2 people try to beat each others brains into senselessness.  My apologies if you happen to enjoy boxing, just tossing in a little humor.😂😹  Or something.  Oh well, just forget what I said.🙄 Anyway, Boxing Day, which is December 26, is a holiday in the UK and other British Commonwealth countries, which includes Canada.

Now, where did this odd name come from? I am glad you asked…

This goes back to the old pioneer days.  The day after Christmas was a big discount day at the local general store and everyone from the surrounding district would descend on this store to get in on all the amazing discounts.  Sometimes as much as 5 cents off some items.  However, demand would always exceed supply so fights would take place.  Thus the day became known as Boxing Day.  This fighting in the stores continues to this day.  That’s my theory anyway.

Redpolls kept the feeder busy last winter.

If you do not like my theory, there are others to choose from…

Such as this one.  The term comes from England and was first used in actual print in the year 1833.  Four years later Charles Dickens used the name in “The Pickwick Papers”.  But why this name?  Centuries ago, lords and other wealthy people would distribute “Christmas boxes” filled with gifts, money and food to their servants and employees, who were required to work on Christmas Day.  This was in recognition of good service throughout the year, basically these were a holiday bonus.  This tradition was started hundreds of years ago.

Male Common Redpoll.

Or, we could always consider…

Another possibility is that the name came from alms boxes that churches had by their doors, sometimes inside, sometimes outside, that people would put money in leading up to Christmas.  Then the day after Christmas the money was counted and given to the poor of their district.

Male Red-breasted Nuthatch, possibly Ned, from last winter.

So, there we have it…

I like my theory, but I think the second one is the most likely. Or perhaps the third one.  Oh well. Even here, back in the 1800s and early 1900s, the practice of taking boxes of gifts and food to poor neighbors after Christmas was quite common.

So, Happy Boxing Day everyone, I hope you enjoy your day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. 😊😺

©2022 Steve McLeod.

6 Comments on “Monday Moments. Boxing Day.

  1. So that was Boxing Day represents…I only tried to take advantage of getting discounts on items and will never do it again ! Have a warm day ! 🙂😻☕️☕️❗️

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  2. I’ll go with theory #2. Most servants could not take Christmas day off in days of Lords and Ladies; they had to be available to serve the meals and wait on the guests of the aristocrats at the manor. But as with everything British, the manored guests and residents were polite and appreciated the servants good work on Christmas day. Thus, leftovers of enormous meals as well as special gifts for the families of the servants would be sent home on their day off, December 26.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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    • Yes indeed, that is exactly right! The servants were always given the day off on Dec 26 with hampers of food and gifts given to them, always in boxes. I still like my theory though. 😂😹🎄

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