Boxing Day? What the heck is it?

Ever wondered what the hell Boxing Day is supposed to be?

When I was younger, I thought it was the day when all the boxing fights in the world took place. Just a co-incidence it was the day after Christmas… XD

Well, now I realise it’s Boxing Day because people continue to exchange gifts in boxes, or are still opening their boxes from the previous day. Bosses would give their servants and workers a gift in the form of a ‘Christmas Box’.

But that’s not the official reason for the name. In fact, there is no official term for it, well not according to Wikipedia; the world’s number one place for information after search engines. It claims there are several theories and the theory of boxing is one of them.

I think gifting day would be more appropriate but I guess that would an unofficial title for Christmas day.

Then again, in some parts of the world, Boxing Day is known as the Second Day of Christmas. Having two days for Christmas sounds reasonable to me. One day is never enough to celebrate with everybody. Imagine having one day for family and another for work colleagues and friends. That would make life so much easier.

Boxing day is also a religious holiday known as St. Stephen’s day.

I live in England, yet I didn’t even know. Shame on me…

For most people I know. Boxing Day is all about shopping. After Christmas, all the major stores decide to put out a huge clearance sale because, let’s face it… everybody has already spent most of what they had on Christmas gifts and it would take such a huge sale to get them to spend again.

For me Boxing Day is all about Football. All the English Premier League Teams have a tradition of playing football on Boxing Day so it’s a great way to pass the day. 10 matches to watch is an amazing choice.

In Australia they have a tradition of Cricket being played and apparently the attendance this year broke all record with the Test Match gaining over 90,000 spectators.

Who said Cricket was dead?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any major boxing…

I actually asked my Mom if she knew why Boxing Day was titled as such and she gave me this look where she isn’t sure and then she goes… Is it because of the Boxing? So there you have it. That’s where I got my original thought from.

So yeah… That’s my take on Boxing Day!

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11 responses to “Boxing Day? What the heck is it?

  1. And all this time, I thought Boxing Day was to commemorate the Boxer Rebellion, which took place in China between 1899 and 1901. Learn something new every day, huh? By the way, I assume, since you love in England, by “football” you mean “soccer.” Sheesh, when will you guys get it right? You drive on the wrong side of the road, call soccer football, drink your beer warm, and what you call your money sounds more like weights than currency.

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    • Ok… I’ll give you the weights for currency but Football is Football… Only you Yanks think that ‘Foot’ball should be played with the hands. The rest of the world agree with our idea of Football. 😛

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  2. “The rest of the world”? Seriously, don’t you know that here in the “new world,” the rest of the world doesn’t matter? We make the rules and if we say you can use your hands in football, then by god, you can use your hands in football. Besides, I don’t like the word “soccer,” either. I think it should be called “kickball.” Or maybe just boring. And cricket? WTF is that all about? 🙂

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    • Cricket… Its actually the first sport I started watching… Blame my dad. Its a sport that involves a bat, a ball, a pitch, catching, running and 22 men.

      It’s a different format of baseball you could say… Really popular in some parts of the world.

      Not the “New World” unfortunately. Although Canada do have a Cricket Team as do the West Indies… Who are actually pretty good. Yeah, its even reached the parts of the world Colombus discovered. Blame that guy…

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        • I know my friend… I couldn’t think of a simpler term to explain it to our American friend here.

          Of course Cricket is miles ahead in terms of a sport when compared to Baseball but the principles of the game are similar where there is a batter, bowler, runs scored, catching involved and what not.

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  3. A very different form of baseball. Hey, at least your Canadian cousins drive on the correct side of the street and dollars for their currency. And they even have a version of what they call football in the form of the CFL. It’s a little different from American Football, but they still call it football. Hmm. What do Canadians call the game you Brits call football?

    And that Columbus guy, he didn’t “discover” America. He stumbled upon it one night when he was drunk and thought he’d reached India, which is why native Americans were referred to as “Indians.”

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  4. LOL so that’s what Boxing Day is? I’ve only seen the words “Boxing Day” written on some calendars but I never knew what it was about. I seriously assumed it to be a day with boxing competitions and fights in other countries because it’s never mentioned in my country. XD

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