Some countries have a day called Boxing Day. You may have heard of it but I bet you never asked yourself where the name comes from. Let me explain…
Let me disappoint you from the start! The term has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. Boxing day comes from the Victorian era.
You see, Christmas day was “business as usual” for the servants. The next day however was their day off.
That day they received special boxes from their masters as gratitude.
Servants were also giving boxes to their families once they went back home.
Get it? Box… boxing day.
Churches also helped. Donations throughout the year were stored in boxes. Those boxes were opened on Christmas day and given to the poor on the next day. Boxing day.
So next time you hear boxing day, boxing should be the last thing that comes to your mind.
And if that’s not curious, I don’t know what is.
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