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1. Posted by Europe2006 (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

Any Australians actually know why the day after Christmas is called boxing day???

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting Europe2006

Any Australians actually know why the day after Christmas is called boxing day???

I am not an Aussie but 'Boxing Day' was set aside to give presents to the less fortunate in society. The poor in the Victorian period went door to door with their 'boxes' to receive food and gifts. It has changed to also include remembering the people that provide services to you. The postal carrier, the newspaper delivery person, any staff such as maid or gardener, etc. These people are given gifts or tips in appreciation of their service. I hope that clarifies "Boxing Day".

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I have no idea, but it's a public holioday and that's all that matters

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

The day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. The term may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day; maybe from the earthenware boxes with which boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters' clients.

Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year.

But like James said...ANY reason is a good reason for a day off ;) !