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Boxing Day

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day, on December 26. It originated in the United Kingdom and is now celebrated in several countries that previously formed part of the British Empire. Boxing Day is typically characterized by the exchange of gifts, and distribution of money, food, and other items to those who are needy or less fortunate. In some nations, Boxing Day is also a time to celebrate horses and racing.

Though experts argue about the origins of this day, one theory holds that it originated with the medieval European custom of giving boxes of food and gifts to the poor on this day. Another popular story is that of St. Nicholas, who was said to have given gifts to children on this day. Another legend tells of a man who was robbed on his way home from Christmas Eve Mass. When he arrived home, he found that his wife had been beaten and his children were gone. He went back to the church and found the robbers there. He fought them off and returned home with his family safe and sound.

Whatever its origins, Boxing Day has become an important holiday in many parts of the world. In some nations, it is celebrated with special church services, while in others it is a time for family gatherings and festive meals. Many people take advantage of Boxing Day sales to do their post-Christmas shopping, and others use the day to donate goods or time to charitable organizations.

Try our exciting resources and bring some excitement to the festivity!

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy a Boxing Day walk with our Spot 5 Things activity – here
  • Have a go at our Card Playing Activity Book – here
  • Get people laughing their Christmas Dinner off with our Santa meets improv game – here