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Origin of Boxing Day

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. Boxing Day, celebrated on December 26 in England, Wales, parts of Canada, and in some other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, has nothing to do with the boxes from the Christmas packages.

Traditionally, on that day the gentry would give presents, generally of money, to servants, tradespeople, and others of humble life. These presents came to be known as Christmas boxes. Boxing Day is a legal bank holiday in Canada and England.
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