Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Boxing Day!


Boxing Day is a continuation of the Christmas holiday in Europe and the Commonwealth countries.

In feudal times, Christmas was a reason for a gathering of extended families. All the serfs would gather their families in the manor of their lord, which made it easier for the lord of the estate to hand out annual stipends to the serfs. On December 26, the lord of the estate would give practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land. Each family would get a box full of such goods the day after Christmas. Because of the boxes being given out, the day was called Boxing Day.

In Canada, Boxing Day is observed as a holiday, except for those in the retail business. Boxing Day and the days immediately following are when many retail stores sell their Christmas and retired model products by holding clearance sales. Some shoppers will line up for hours for retailers to open their doors. Retailers often open their stores earlier than usual, such as 6am or 7am.

Boxing Day 2005 was the single largest economic transaction day ever in the history of Canadian commerce (according to Visa). Individual big box stores can even gross over $1,000,000(CN) on one single boxing day.

5 comments:

Ivy, the Great and Powerful said...

I always wanted to know what Boxing Day was all about! Cool!

Isabel said...

When my sister and I were little, we thought it had to do with the sport. ha ha.

Janet said...

Happy Boxing Day!

chase said...

Happy Boxing day to you as well!!

Sunflower said...

I am not going out today.

Relaxing.......