Monday, December 26, 2005

Boxing Day

Today is Boxing Day, which is observed in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and a lot of former British colonies. According to the Canadian Government website:

The day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. The term may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters’ clients.

Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year.

“Boxing Day” is listed in the Canada Labour Code as a holiday.

In my family, Boxing Day was usually a real boxing match between my brothers and sister and me to see who got the last chocolate Santa…