Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Boxing Day!

Today is Boxing Day, 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.

3 comments:

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Happy Boxing Day! Enjoy, Enjoy!

Christine said...

I read in the paper this morning that people started lining up outside of Future Shop last night at 10pm - just to be the first in line for opening on Boxing Day. Nuts.

RennyBA said...

You know what: I've heard the name before, but actually didn't know what boxing day was. But then again, I'm a Norwegian and therefore a bit outside the commonwealth territory :-)

Thanks for sharing the history, done in a short, sweet and educational way!

Good to know you had a good one then with music - I guess not quite out of the box kind though (sounds great!).