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Published on December 26th, 2014 | by admin

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So Why Is Today Known As ‘Boxing Day’?

For many of us, Boxing Day is like a second Christmas Day. Often families who could not be together on Christmas Day itself to enjoy all the traditional festivities will replicate such activities the following day or alternatively just enjoy all the leftovers from Christmas lunch whilst relaxing in front of the television.

There is no definitive answer as to how the term ‘Boxing Day’ came about. However one notable theory dating back to the Middle Ages is that ‘Alms Boxes’ were placed outside churches to collect special offerings for the poor linked to the Feast of Saint Stephen. Another suggestion is that Boxing Day started when the lords and ladies of England presented Christmas gifts in boxes to their servants on 26th December.

In more recent times, Boxing Day has marked the start of the Christmas sales when many shops offer mouthwatering discounts. But after the frenzy of activity on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will there be the same stampede on the High Street this year? Only time will tell but as many of us receive gift vouchers for Christmas, the temptation to spend them immediately and grab a bargain is always there!

As one of the biggest days on the sporting calendar, Boxing Day is also synonymous with sport. Horse racing and football are particular popular outdoor activities on Boxing Day for those either not enjoying a day at home with friends and family or who are not going on a shopping splurge.

Sure to clear the cobwebs after the excesses of Christmas but for the brave hearted only, another established tradition is to take a Boxing Day swim. Hundreds of plucky souls, some in fancy dress, will converge on coastal locations including Seaburn and Tenby to take a dip.

Whatever you’re doing, we hope you enjoy all the festivities over the Christmas period, the Post Office Shop blog will be back up and running in the New Year.

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