The origin of Boxing Day
A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
St Stephen’s Day
December 26th is also the feast day of Saint Stephen, the patron saint of horses, which is why Boxing Day has come to be associated with horse racing and fox hunting.
Boxing Day has traditionally been viewed as the day in retail when a sale takes place within different retail establishments.
Boxing is also the day when sporting events take place around the country- click here to view the football fixtures for Boxing Day- Boxing Day Football Fixtures