Boxing Day Traditions
We all know the feeling, when you wake up on Boxing Day bleary eyed unable to face the turkey leftovers that are more than likely going to last until New Years Day. So what is boxing day all about? These days we're more concerned about going out with our old schoolmates to the club we could get into without ID back in 2010 but it never used to be like that.
It dates back to the Victorian times when the servants of the houses were needed to cater for the needs of their employers on Christmas Day so were given the 26th December off and sent home to their families with a box of leftovers, gifts and financial bonuses. It was also common practice for tradespeople to receive money and gifts on Boxing Day as a thank you for the good services over the year.
The most observed practice on Boxing Day has its roots in the big hunt. Now banned and replaced with the bloodsport of shopping the sales, fox hunting used to bring out over 250,000 people and their hounds to chase down foxes throughout the country. Whilst there are still a number of forms of hunting legal in the UK, Boxing Day has become more about consumerism with sales often starting on Christmas Day online and at 6am the following day.
Aside from spending money, boxing day is just as much as Christmassy as Christmas Day, families often still sit around drinking & eating turkey although the ability to go and do something changes things a little, with some idiots even going as far as swimming the freezing English Channel. What do we think the best thing about Boxing Day is? The football of course.