We made it through another Christmas, now today, let’s celebrate Boxing Day 2021.
No, Boxing Day is not really a day for returning unwanted Christmas gifts. Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated in Great Britain on December 26th, a day when civil servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors.
This custom is linked to an older English tradition since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. (Downton Abbey-esque) The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gift and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food. In general term, it’s a gift sharing day.
We are American, so today go ahead and begin the gift returning/exchanging tradition. Happy Boxing Day!