Today is Boxing Day and it’s celebrated in Britain, Canada and other commonwealth nations. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with duking it out with the family or fighting crowds at the mall. Today is the day families give presents to those providing service during the year. It’s also a day to think of the less fortunate.
The tradition is thought to have started back in the middle ages when servants required to work on Christmas were given the following day off. As they prepared to spend time with their own families, they received gift boxes from employers containing food or money.
Eventually, the tradition expanded to include mail carriers, doormen, gardeners, tradesmen and others providing service.
Though some people think the holiday was developed to preserve class lines, I prefer to think of it as a day to remember those who remember us the rest of the year.
What do you think?
Wishing you all a Happy Boxing Day and a blessed New Year!