The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon tradition giving seasonal gifts to less wealthy people and social inferiors. Until their distribution, these gifts were stored in a "Christmas box", which was opened on December 26, when the contents were distributed.Now, however, Boxing Day is a day to go shopping! It's a lot like Black Friday in the US, with door-buster deals offered by the stores and wall-to-wall people grabbing at those deals. We've gone out once on Boxing Day: to get get Beth her first hamster four years ago. And that was the last time!
In our home, Boxing Day is still simply The Day After Christmas, and this year, since it falls on a Saturday, we'll be about our usual Saturday business of Wes preparing his Sunday sermons and me preparing my Sunday school lesson and music. I also like to watch Road to Avonlea on Saturday night! ;)
What do you do on Boxing Day? Are you a shopping Canadian? Are you a relaxing American? If you live in another country, what are the traditions there for Boxing Day?