Boxing day. What is it?:

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1 Joesolo11th Dec 2011 08:50:08 AM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
My mom always has a calender in her kitchen with tons of holidays printed on it, and most I either know or are self explanatory(E.g, The Emperor's Birthday, Japan) But every year, there's "boxing day" for Australia, New Zealand, and Britain. What's it about and what does it mean to you?


edited 11th Dec '11 8:50:13 AM by Joesolo

2 ohsointocats11th Dec 2011 08:50:38 AM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
It's when people box up their Christmas decorations, instead of leaving them up until February like lazy Americans.
Its St Stephens Day IIRC and it was the traditional day the hired help got their presents
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4 Joesolo11th Dec 2011 08:54:58 AM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
Oh, alright then.
These days, the day is the start of the January sales period and the last bank holiday of the year
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6 ohsointocats11th Dec 2011 08:59:48 AM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I know, when I first saw it on the calendar when I was little, I thought it was more interesting, too...
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These days it's mostly the day for the big post-Christmas sales in the shops (It's the Australian equivalent to Black Friday, basically - which is a name that has always baffled me for the record, since in Oz Black Friday refers to the day of some major bushfires), and for those who aren't at the shops to laze around home, attempt to digest Christmas dinner, and eat leftovers.

Also, a public holiday.
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8 Joesolo11th Dec 2011 09:29:35 AM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
When I was little I though it was about fighting. When I got a little older I though about kangaroos wearing boxing gloves. Now I know I was only slightly off with the first one.
9 pagad11th Dec 2011 10:39:28 AM from perfidious Albion , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Huh, for some reason I thought the United States has Boxing Day as well. Does Canada?
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Yeah, we do; never understood exactly what we were supposed to be celebrating, but who am I to turn down a good deal?
11 Joesolo11th Dec 2011 01:05:24 PM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
[up][up] Nope. Maybe some people really close to canada, but In N.J. I havn't even heard of it besides on the calendar.
12 USAF71311th Dec 2011 01:09:18 PM from the United States
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I thought this was going to be about the Boxer Rebellion in China, actually.
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I always thought Boxing Day had to do with the sport when I was little.
14 AceofSpades11th Dec 2011 07:50:20 PM , Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Well, Boxing Day is listed on our calenders, but as a British and/or Canadian holiday. I'm kind of oddly hoping that someday people take the name literally and have a special holiday boxing match on that day.
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No Joesolo, the fighting holiday is wrestling day. Bob and Doug MacKenzie celebrate it.
16 Joesolo11th Dec 2011 08:11:33 PM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
[up][up] with their respective animals!

Kangaroos Vs Grizzlies Vs...(something from New Zealand)Vs Lions!

edited 11th Dec '11 8:11:43 PM by Joesolo

17 BearyScary11th Dec 2011 10:59:00 PM , Relationship Status: Noddin' my head like yeah
I thought Boxing Day was Canadian! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME, TVTROPES?
It's a day to go and see whatever fantasy movie got released before Christmas in America.

Lousy Australia, we never get anything at the right time...
19 nightwyrm_zero12th Dec 2011 09:17:26 AM from Toronto , Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
I had always thought that boxing day was the day you open up the "boxes" containing your Christmas gifts.
20 TheBatPencil12th Dec 2011 09:58:35 AM from Glasgow, Scotland , Relationship Status: I'm just a hunk-a, hunk-a burnin' love
I know of two different theories on the name.

Back in Ye Olde England times, servants would get the day after Christmas off to see their families. Their employers would give them boxes of food and gifts for the family as a sort of Christmas bonus. Alternatively, Churches would lay out collection boxes for the poor on Christmas Day and these boxes would be opened the day after.

Maybe both stories are linked, I don't know.
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I was told that Boxing Day was when you went to the store to exchange all the gifts you didn't want. [lol]

edited 12th Dec '11 8:54:46 PM by DrunkGirlfriend

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It's a buffer between Christmas and New Year's Eve, in effect. That makes it a great opportunity to eat some more food, drink some more alcohol, maybe see a few of those relatives who aren't quite important enough for Christmas... Some people watch the cricket.
Proud Canadian
It's when Canada gets Black F Irday scale sales.
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It's so boring! The country of Phaic Tan has Kick Boxing Day instead, that'd be awesome.
25 MrMallard14th Dec 2011 09:39:23 AM from Australia, mate
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I wish I were here sooner. I wanted to make a fake backstory about how it was about Australians beating the shit out of each other.

Basically, it's just a day for cricket and Christmas leftovers. I think i'd prefer the beating, cricket sucks.
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