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Boxing Day

Boxing Day is held every December 26th in many countries associated with the British empire. It started as a day to give gifts to the household staff of Britain’s upper classes but has morphed into a sort of shopping holiday of its own.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day

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Dec 26, 2024, 12:00 AM

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The day after Christmas, Boxing Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. This unique holiday has its roots in gift-giving on one hand and classism on the other. The name was first used in 1833, but the exact origin has never been determined. Traditionally, the holiday was celebrated by giving to the needy and less fortunate, but over time, Boxing Day has evolved and been commodified in several different ways. Boxing Day is also now a time of year when big sales are offered by shops traditionally after Christmas in the UK – similar to Black Friday in the USA. Sales and revenue are so heavy now in countries that celebrate Boxing Day that some retailers advertise ‘Boxing Week.’ These worldwide sales feature deals and discounts lasting until the end of the month. Click HERE to view the resources developed by National Today.

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