Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated after Christmas Day, occurring on the second or third day of Christmastide.
Though it originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday.
It originated in the United Kingdom and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.
Although according to traditional custom Boxing Day is the 27th if the 26th is Christmas Sunday, in recent times the 26th has been termed “Boxing Day” even on a Sunday.
The attached bank holiday or public holiday may take place either on that day or one or two days later (if necessary to ensure it falls on a weekday). Boxing Day is also concurrent with the Christian holiday Saint Stephen’s Day.
What Does “Boxing Day” Mean?
When i first heard the term, “boxing day”, what first came to mind was boxing, as in, people throwing real punches at each other, as the likes of Mohammed Ali did in a boxing ring, but I wondered what that could possibly have to do with Christmas since it was a Christmas holiday.
It was not until until I came to realize that “boxing” actually meant packing things, such as, gift items into a box, and not people exchanging punches in a ring, that it began to make sense to me, since Christmas was synonymous with distribution of gifts, so probably that day was set aside to “box” such gifts during Christmas.
Some of the beneficiaries of such gifts are the poor and the needy, as Christmas is a time of the year many set aside to distribute gifts to the poor and needy, because they view it as a season of sharing, caring, giving and showing love.
It’s a good gesture from such ones that they remember the poor and needy and distribute gifts to them at such a time, however what they should also realize is that Christmas is not the only time the poor and needy were in need of such things, therefore they don’t have to wait til it’s Christmas to help them.
They can help them any time of the year, whenever they’re in the position to help, because some of the poor and needy may not be able to survive til Christmas if they have to wait til then to get what they need.
So as we box our Christmas gifts to distribute to those in need today on Boxing Day, let us also remember that they need our help not just on boxing day, but everyday of the year.