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7 Boxing Day traditions from around the world to adopt

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 12/26/19

December 26 is a significant day among many European and Commonwealth countries with some great traditions.

If you’re feeling slightly frazzled after Christmas Day you might want to look into what other countries do on December 26, or as is more commonly known in the Commonwealth, Boxing Day. It’s a notable day that not only warrants a public holiday but helps to maintain the Christmas spirit by emphasizing family time.

The origin of Boxing Day goes back to the United Kingdom, when servants were offered a box from their employers as a way of thanking them for their service. Along with the gift, they’d also receive the day off from work, which would give them the opportunity to see their own families and give them gifts. It was also a time when offerings made to the Church throughout the year would be distributed among the poor.

So to bring some of this time-honored holiday to your own home this season, click on the slideshow …


BOXING DAY, ENGLAND

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