For some this day is bitter sweet. Ross, our customer care manager, tuned in his car radio to disappointment this morning. No Christmas music, it is over and so are the tunes. Personally, spending the long holiday season deep in retail, today is one that brings a sigh of relief, “it is over!”
For our friends to the north of us in Canada and those across the pond it’s Boxing Day.
Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom and many countries (including Canada) that were once part of the British Empire. The origin of this holiday’s name is not clear. In feudal times in the United Kingdom, the lord of the manor would ‘pay’ people who worked on his land in the past year with boxes of practical goods, such as agricultural tools, food and cloth. These were often distributed on the day after Christmas Day. More recently, employers traditionally gave their servants a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day. Some people in Canada still give gifts to people who provide them with services.
Other stories relate to servants being allowed to take a portion of the food left over from the Christmas celebrations in a box to their families and the distribution of alms from the church collection boxes to poor parishioners. These traditions evolved into the Christmas baskets that some employers distribute to their employees during the holiday season at the end of the year.
So, if you did not get enough Christmas, or experienced too much of it, hopefully you will be wrapping up Christmas on a happy note.