Saturday, December 26, 2009

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.

2 comments:

Sissym said...

Thank you for being part of my life too! Here honour you for being here. I wish Happy Holidays! 2010! Cheers!

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Kisses!

RennyBA's Terella said...

Now you remind me with it again and it's interesting. I'm sure in Britain and the Commonwealth, but not that much in the rest of Europe - at least not in Scandinavia.