It's Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day to you all!

According to Wikipedia, "Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers." It is also known as St. Stephen's Day, Wren's Day and, in parts of northern Europe, Second Christmas Day.  It is thought to have originated in Britain in the middle of the 19th century.

A little internet research informed me that it could be celebrated in the following ways:

1.  Do something for others.  NOTE:  You don't really have to wait for Boxing Day for this.

2.  Go outside.  Take a walk or play a game.  In Tenby, Wales, revelers take a plunge in the sea.  A very cold plunge.  You don't have to do the polar bear swim, though.  The main idea is to get active.

3.  Watch spectator sports.  English Premier League football (soccer to us Yanks) teams play on Boxing Day.  It's also a tradition to watch horse racing and cricket.  Here in the US we're in the middle of college football bowl season.  So you can spend the day on the couch, just like the Brits do.  NOTE:  Maybe you could take a walk first.

4.  Visit friends and family. 

5.  Shop.  It's the British version of "Black Friday."  Huge sales and big discounts abound.

6.  Eat leftovers.  Christmas dinner often reappears, sometimes in cold form, on Boxing Day.

Here in the Pregger household, I think we'll opt for #2: a walk around the neighborhood, #3: watch a bowl game or two, #4: well, the family is already here, and #6: leftovers will probably make an appearance.  I'm looking forward to it! 


Jaye said…
Happy or Merry Boxing Day! Enjoy!