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Amelia Islander

Boxing Day is December 26

Dec 25, 2013 02:00AM
Boxing Day is a British celebration that is also observed by other commonwealth countries, but we don’t see many people celebrating it in the US. It is held the day after Christmas, on December 26th, yet another reason to give and receive more gifts. The origin of Boxing Day is not exactly known, but it is thought to have started as the day that servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers, and also a day where gifts and food were distributed to the poor.

Many people I know who have Boxing Day parties here in the US are of British descent, but others enjoy the event as another aspect of the Christmas holiday. I’ve held a few Boxing Day parties myself as a means to celebrate the day after Christmas with my friends, having spent Christmas Day with my family.

Boxing Day is a great way to utilize Christmas leftovers, and also a great way to re-gift items received on Christmas. Re-gifting, by the way, is no longer a tacky practice. As most of us like to reuse and recycle, it makes more sense to give away a box of fudge or a scented candle to someone who will enjoy it rather than throwing it out. Boxing Day parties are very relaxed and can be held last minute. The day after Christmas is sometimes a letdown where we sit around and wonder what we should do with ourselves. Still too early to take down the tree, and not enough time to throw a large event, it’s a great day to call up a few neighbors and friends and ask them to stop over for a glass of wine and some leftover nibbles.

If you host a Boxing Day party, you can expect to get lots of re-gifts. But do not despair! You may always re-gift them to someone else.