Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day

Click on the title Boxing Day to explore a fascinating English custom. This dates to Victorian times when servants and tradesmen were presented with a box containing gifts or money on December 26th or St. Stephen's Day. It also was the day the "alms box" at the church was opened and distributed to the poor. Alms or donations were collected during the Christmas season for this purpose. To this day the custom is followed in England. Since the 26th falls on a Saturday, the official Boxing Day will take place this coming Monday. The English are so cozy and quaint, don't you agree? I can't believe this website is from a "junior school" (ages 7-11). I have bookmarked it as a favorite, as a devoted anglophile!

1 comment:

The Lindahl News said...

We both have our secrets - openly exposed now - you as an anglophile and me as an Episcopalian! Ha!