Boxing Day?


Hey guys! We're still in the season to be jolly! How jolly are you feeling today? Me, not so much thanks to the absence of electricity -_-
So how did your Christmas celebration go yesterday? Plenty rice and all sorts of meat I suppose? Speaking of rice, I've been wondering, who appointed rice to be the chosen food for celebrations in Nigeria? Why always rice?

Today is boxing day...what is boxing day sef? At some point in my life, I thought it was a special day set aside for special boxing tournaments, and then later I assumed it was the day for opening Christmas gifts that were received on Christmas day, but it didn't really make sense, why wait till the next day to open Christmas gifts? So, because I love you guys so much and I am very nice, I took it upon myself to gather information about boxing day and i'm here to deliver it straight to you...I'll try not to bore you with the history talk and go straight to the point.

About Boxing Day

Boxing Day originated in England in the middle of the 19th century under Queen Victoria.
Boxing day is usually spent with family and friends, especially those you didn't see on Christmas day. There is usually lots of food, drinks and merriment. Food eaten on Boxing day are usually leftovers from the Christmas day celebration (food cannot waste).

Why it is called "Boxing Day"

Boxing day was the day servants received a "Christmas Box" from their masters in return for their services throughout the year. The servants were also given this day off and would go home to give "Christmas Boxes" to their families as well. These were boxes of gifts of course.

A box to collect money for the poor was placed in Churches on Christmas day and then opened the next day, boxing day.

Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. If the voyage were a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents given to the poor. (source)

So you can see, it is really the season of love and much love have you shown/given this season?

Events on Boxing Day

Most people choose to stay home and relax on Boxing Day, especially after all the Christmas Day cooking. But Boxing day isn't just about relaxing...some people go out to participate in events, sporting events and maybe shows happening in their specific areas.

In some countries, some stores have Boxing Day sales, it is usually a way to off-load stock from the year so they can start afresh in the new year. So some people's boxing day 'event' includes shopping.

I chose to spend my boxing day attending an event...the "resting event". 
How are you spending your boxing day? 

Truly yours

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  1. Nice history. Thanks thanks. You made history fun to read.


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