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Enjoy the Boxing Day Holiday.

Updated on January 4, 2015

Have fun on Boxing Day!

Boxing Day is a traditional British holiday dating back 800 years.Boxing Day Holiday falls the day after Christmas, on 26 December.

If you don't know what Boxing Day is all about, find out here. If you're from a country that celebrates Boxing Day, I'd love to hear from you.

Boxing Day has always been a day for fun, and mad events such as midwinter swims, sometimes in fancy dress ( left) are found all over Britain.

The name "Boxing Day" comes from the tradition of giving Christmas "boxes" or gifts, to the poor. In the past, churches had clay collection boxes which were broken open after Christmas Day, and the gifts and money given to the poor and needy. This was usually done the day after Christmas on 26 December, which then became known as "Boxing Day".

Boxing Day has nothing to do with the sport of boxing!

In the rich and aristocratic households in days gone by, the servants were gathered together on Boxing Day, and Christmas boxes of gifts or money were distributed to the workers.They were then allowed to have the rest of the day as holiday to spend with their family.
Today, some of the old Boxing Day traditions still survive, and many new ones have sprung up.
Christmas Day is usually spent quietly with the family. Boxing Day is the day to get outside, whatever the weather. Watch sport. Play sport. Have fun!
There are so many things to do on Boxing Day.If you know of something in your area please add to the guestbook.

Intro photo thanks to Lord Biro, under flickr creative commons commercial use license

The History of Boxing Day

Boxing Day on 26 December is also St Stephen's Day- the Feast of Stephen

Boxing Day is the name given to the day after Christmas,the 26 December . It is also St Stephen's Day, or the Feast of Stephen.

It became known as Boxing Day in Britain following the old custom of giving Christmas gifts, or boxes, to the poor on this day.

In recent history,the Boxing Day tradition remains of giving Christmas gifts, still known as "a Christmas box" to tradespeople who call at your door- the postman, the dustbin man ( refuse collector), the milkman and the paperboy still call at many houses in Britain, and an envelope (the modern Christmas box) with some neatly folded cash always meets with approval and helps to guarantee good service during the coming year! This is not usually done now on the exact day, 26 December, as Boxing Day is a holiday, but the gifts are still called Christmas boxes.

The Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslas, tells how the King went out on the Feast of Stephen, to give alms to the poor. King Wenceslas was King of Bohemia in the 10th Century., known for his generosity to the poor.

"Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen

When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even..."

So begins the famous carol, written by English clergyman John Mason Neele, published in 1853.

Boxing Day is also St Stephen's Day in the Church calendar

The Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslas, tells how the King went out on the Feast of Stephen, to give alms to the poor. King Wenceslas was King of Bohemia in the 10th Century., known for his generosity to the poor.

"Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen

When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even..."

So begins the famous carol, written by English clergyman John Mason Neele, published in 1853.

Good Kind Wenceslas on the Feast of Stephen, 26 December


What do you do on Boxing Day?

Does your Boxing Day look like the picture below? Surrounded by gifts, tired, a bit satiated and fed up?

Well, if it does, make a change this year. Get out and do something exciting.

IMO these children need to get out for a brisk walk in the fresh air.

The Day after Christmas aka Boxing Day


Wrap the children up on Boxing Day with this Harry Potter hat and scarf - Warm clothes are essential in the Northern Hemisphere

Boxing Day is usually cold in the Northern Hemisphere. If, like me, you'll spend the day outside whatever the weather, the whole family needs to be toasty warm and cosy.

This Hogwar'ts hat and scarf set would be a great Christmas present for a Harry Potter fan.

Hogwart's Knit Hat Scarf
Hogwart's Knit Hat Scarf

A practical gift that a child will actually like if their Harry Potter fans.


Traditional Boxing Day Food.

Enjoy a great spread with no cooking on Boxing Day

Cold meats, delicious pies, pickles and chutneys make the Boxing Day buffet and easy but fabulous meal.

From Canada- a slice of pork pie and chutney- perfect for Boxing Day.


Our Boxing Day buffet.

On the day after Christmas Day, Boxing Day, the 26 December, it has always been the tradition to enjoy a meal with the minimum of cooking.

In the stately homes of England, the servants would leave a cold buffet for the guests to enjoy whilst they had the day off.

These days, the cook needs a day off after the Christmas meal, so a cold buffet is very much a Boxing Day Tradition.

Our Boxing Day meal usually includes;

Cold turkey, salmon, ham, quiches, pork pie, game pie

Winter salads, pickles, chutneys, relishes

Maybe some baby new potatoes in their jackets or french fries (frozen- no peeling!) Jacket potatoes are perfect too.

A huge fruit bowl.

Traditional cheeses such as Blue Stilton or Tasty Lancashire with crackers

Christmas cake ( eaten with cheese in the North of England)

Mince pies

Sherry trifle- it's a great Boxing Day Tradition. click here for my best ever sherry trifle recipe

It's a huge, timeless meal. Everything can be collected together days in advance. and nothing can spoil so it can be eaten whenever people get back from the day's activities.

Go to a big Boxing Day Sporting Fixture - All over the UK there are top sporting events happening on Boxing Day.

Old Trafford Football
Old Trafford Football

Football ( Soccer)

There is a full programme of Football ( soccer) matches throughout the UK on Boxing Day. If my team, Manchester United, are playing at home, I'll be there! Lots of supporters wear Santa Hats, and at Old Trafford we will sing along to the Twelve Days of Christmas- only chaning the words to praise our legend, Eric Cantona! This year Manchester United host Newcastle United on Boxing Day. All around the country football fans love the Boxing Day Fixtures.

I'll be updating this as the fixture lists are available.

Photo of Old Trafford, Home of Manchester United , thanks to John Harvey on Geograph creative commons for commercial reuse

Horse Racing

Boxing Day is a big day in the horse racing calender.Watch this space for 2013 meeitngs.

Rugby Union

There will be some great Rugby Union Matches on Boxing Day 2013.

Boxing Day Horse Race Meetings in the UK and Ireland - Boxing Day in the UK is a great day for Race Meetings

Go Horse Racing on Boxing Day. Here are the top racing venues for Boxing Day 2013. You can click through the links below for up to date information on Horse racing at these venues.

The big one is the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park, but all of these great sporting events are a wonderful Boxing Day treat.

Try these for your Boxing Day supper. - Boxing Day supper is an easy to prepare buffet

Cold cuts, chutneys, baked potatoes and chutneys, followed by sherry trifle and cheese.

No preparing on the day, easy to come home to.

Here are some essentials for the perfect Boxing Day supper.

Buy a selection of cold cuts

Cold meats form the base of the Boxing Day buffet. Make it easy for yourself by gettingi n good quality meats ahead of the day.

Attic Aged Country Half Ham
Attic Aged Country Half Ham

A delightful treat to have for serving over the Christmas and Boxing Day holiday..


Chutney and Pickle- essential items.

For the first time in my life, I have made my own chutney for Boxing Day. ( Damson chutney if you're interested. Damson is a little fruit in the plum family that grows well in my area)

I'll still be buying a range of other pickles and chutneys. Go over the top with the Boxing Day buffet.

You must have chutney with your Boxing Day supper

English Provender Ploughman's Plum Chutney, 10.58 Ounce (Pack of 6)
English Provender Ploughman's Plum Chutney, 10.58 Ounce (Pack of 6)

This traditional English chutney is perfect. If you buy this pack of 6, you can use some jars as Christmas gifts.


Finish toe meal with some top notch cheese

It has to be that legendary King of Cheeses - Blue Stilton

Boxing Day craziness
Boxing Day craziness

Where to go bonkers on Boxing Day

The Observer Sunday newspaper featured Boxing Day madness

On Sunday 20 December 2009, the serious ( usually ) London Sunday Newspaper, The Observer, published this article on " Where to go Bonkers on Boxing Day", featuring some of the events mentioned and pictured in this lens.

Check it out!

Go Bonkers on Boxing Day

Boxing Day Barrel Rolling photo thanks to The Observer, 20 December 2009

The Boxing Day Swim- some people's idea of fun!

Boxing Day Swim
Boxing Day Swim

Photo thanks to fimb and flickr creative commons

The photo was taken at Deal, UK on Boxing Day 2008.

A Boxing Day walk in England's Lake District


Make you own Boxing Day activities

Blow away the Christmas cobwebs on Boxing Day

If I'm not at Old Trafford I'll be out walking on the Lake District Hills.We pack sandwiches, a flask and some Christmas cake and set out for the day. You meet lots of people, who all greet each other with a "Hello" and a smile- its great to be out in the countryside.

This rather arty photo was taken by me on Boxing Day 2008. Its taken on the top of Loughrigg, having walked up from Rydal and Grasmere, looking over towards the Fairfield Horseshoe.I think you can see the shadows of 6 people and 2 dogs!

This was on one of the famous White Moss Walks, which begins at White Moss and goes up Loughrigg Fell- a wonderful place to take Brilliant Lake District photos. You can read about White Moss walks, and see photos and directions by clicking here

Here are lots of warm accessories from ebay for Boxing Day. - Think about buying Christmas gifts for the outdoors

These warm hats , scarves and gloves would , make excellent Christmas gifts or stocking fillers / stocking stuffers.

I always like to receive a new warm scarf that I can wear on Boxing Day.

Boxing Day in Australia.

Boxing Day In Australia falls in the middle of summer, and its a day for big sporting events.

The Boxing Day Test Match starts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26,against the touring side. For those of you unfamiliar with cricket, it is day 1 of a 5 day match.

The Boxing Day Test 2014 is between Australia and India .You can find details and book tickets on the MCG website

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is another major Boxing Day sport.

Thanks to Georgiesharp and flickr creative commons for this great photo.

The links below give more information- please leave suggestions in the guestbook if you have more ideas.

The one essential item for Boxing Day- a great warm hat - Keep those ears warm on a chilly Boxing Day Holiday

If you're outdoors on Boxing Day, or any time around Christmas , one absolute essential is a warm hat or beanie to keep your ears as warm as toast, and what could be nicer than this festive red and white striped beanie.

I'd love to find this in my stocking!

Trendy Striped Beanie - Red White OSFM
Trendy Striped Beanie - Red White OSFM

Warm , cute, and Christmassy, this is the perfect Boxing day hat.


Wrap up warm on Boxing Day and over the Christmas Holidays - Toasty warm fleecies from ebay.

Here are some great winter warmers for you to buy from ebay. A fleece sweater keeps you warm without the bulkiness of a big wool sweater.

Boxing Day on YouTube - Some of the thing the Brits get up to on Boxing Day!

Some of the crazy things we do on Boxing Day.

Be sure to check out the Iron men dancing. Its a type of Morris Dancing,( which is an old British tradition) usually done in matching uniforms, but done in "fancy dress" for Boxing Day.! Its great!

The Boxing Day Sales

Bargain Hunting- a new Boxing Day activity!

Until a few year ago all the shops would be closed on Boxing Day to give the shop workers a holiday.

The law changed a few years ago, and Boxing Day is now the busiest shopping day of the year.

Shoppers pile in to exchange their unwanted Christmas gifts, and to bag bargains in the sales. Its madness!

This Boxing Day shopping madness is not just confined to the UK.

This photo, thanks to avlxyz and flickr creative commons is of Boxing Day shopping crowds in Melbourne, Australia.

You would actually have to pay me to go shopping on Boxing Day, but thousands of people love it- its a new Boxing Day sport!

St Ives, Cornwall, England
St Ives, Cornwall, England

Book a vacation on Boxing Day

Apparently Boxing Day is the top day for booking a holiday/vacation

Figures from the travel industry show that on Boxing Day , immediately after Christmas, record numbers of people log on to travel sites and book their vacations.

Where to go? Skiing in January? A sunshine holiday? Or how about planning next years's summer holiday?

I love in a beautiful part of the world, The Lake District, in the North of England, UK. The Lake District is a top tourist destination, with lots of great accommodations, but if you want to make sure of reserving the dates you want at the place you want, book early! Our Grasmere self catering cottage is a one off, with fantastic views, and it's already got lots of bookings for 2015

I love to visit St Ives in Cornwall. St Ives has beautiful beaches, great coastal walks, fantastic art galleries and great restaurants. Like the Lake District, it's a tourist honeypot, and I've already booked my 2015 stay there to make sure I got into my favorite spot for the dates I wanted! I took this picture of St. Ives from my bedroom window!

Even in a recession, it makes sense to book your vacations early if you are flying overseas, and the best deals these days are often for early bookers.

Boxing Day has nothing to do with the sport of Boxing.

This cartoon plays on the joke that some people think that Boxing Day is something to do wit the sport of Boxing.

If you know if anything happening in your area on Boxing Day 2014 why not add them below.

It doesn't matter if its a local event , a family event, or a national event- anything welcome!

Boxing Day 2014 is coming soon. - Please tell me if you have anything to add- or just what you think.

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      6 years ago

      I love boxing. In fact it is the only sport I enjoy watching on TV. Thank you for sharing the wonderful history. Great lens by the way. :-)

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for letting me know ,what boxing day is all about.Try to celebrate boxing day with my friends and family,while xplaining what's all about.

      Happy boxingday.

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      Jen Wood 

      6 years ago from Australia

      When I was a kid we went to the horse races on boxing day

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      6 years ago from Washington State

      It is great to have a bounty of leftovers to eat, we celebrate boxing day that way for sure. Sadly, the work days have started again, such a fun lens, thanks for the update. LOTD so great!

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      James M Becher 

      6 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for the info.: I didn't know what boxing day meant (I thought it might have something to do with the sport of boxing.) nice lens!

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      6 years ago

      Neat lens. I didn't really know what Boxing Day means, until now. I spent today finishing a lens.

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      6 years ago

      wow,What a nice and informal site it is !!!!

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      7 years ago

      What I was doing on Boxing Day, spending my gift cards as the sales, with the rest of the mad shoppers, this was a great lens

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      Jules Corriere 

      7 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Enjoyed this lens. Congratulations on Lens of the day.

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      7 years ago

      Looks like much fun!

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      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      You have covered well what Boxing Day means to me here in Australia. I can usually be found in front of the TV watching the cricket (in 2008 I actually spent the day at the MCG) or out and about enjoying the great summer weather. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Image Girl 

      7 years ago

      A very nice lens! I'm sending this to my US friends who always ask. one really did think it was about boxing matches... Between family!

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      7 years ago

      It would be lovely to enjoy the feast at your house on Boxing Day. Some of those swims looked a bit cold with people watching on rugged up to the nines. Congrats on LOTD and now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses, Hugs

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Boxing Day is huge here in Canada as well. It's nice to learn more about the history of this popular day which is much awaited by many bargain hunters. Wishing you and yours season's greetings and a prosperous New Year 2012. Congrats on LOTD! :)

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      7 years ago

      Fascinating lens, never knew much about Boxing Day until now. Congratulations on being named LOTD.

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      7 years ago

      I truly enjoyed learning that there are so many traditions related to Boxing Day. I only knew of the one; giving to the poor. This is very interesting.

      Thanks for your visit to my Balloon Christmas page. I enjoyed your comment. I'd love to know what the response to your won'erful gifts was. It sounded like the perfect Christmas presents, to me.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Congratulations on being LOTD! :)

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      7 years ago

      Boxing Day, a day that you can lay on the couch and not feel guilty for it. Went to the boxing day sales, OMG, never again. Sooo many people but I am proud of myself, didn't spend any money.

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      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I had always heard of Boxing Day, but did not know what it was. Thought maybe it was the day you boxed up all the decorations and stashed them in the attic. Guess not! Looks like lots of fun! My goal for the day after Christmas every year is to stay out of the stores & just have a quiet day at home with the family, without the need to go anywhere or have any particular goal-directed behavior. Boxing Day looks like a jolly good time!

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. I've learned quite a bit. I love the traditional meaning of Boxing Day but sad to see it's now a commercial day as well.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Interesting to learn about Boxing Day. I had no idea what this was about.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the great lense and congrats on the Lense of the day!

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      7 years ago

      great lens.

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      akumar46 lm 

      7 years ago

      Congrats for LOTD.Earlier I didn't knew the meaning of Boxing Day, Fun reading lens.

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      fugeecat lm 

      7 years ago

      I never knew that Boxing Day was the day after Christmas. I have heard of boxing day before, but I really didn't know anything about it.

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      7 years ago

      thanks and congrats. i did not know the meaning of boxing day before read the lens. your work is overall informative and food you described is not available in south asian countries like Bangladesh. However, happy LOTD.

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      7 years ago

      Congrats. Your lens made lens of the day!!! It is very nice. I never really knew what Boxing day was all about. Lots of fun information. Thanks

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Hope you are having a wonderful outdoor 'Boxing Day' today. Congratulations on having this Boxing Day story receive Lens-of-the-Day.

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      Titia Geertman 

      7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Congrats on your LOTD, well deserved.

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      7 years ago

      I like the idea of a Boxing Day swim. Just keep me away from the crowded sales and bargain hunting. As I live so close to Canada, I had a little bit of knowledge about Boxing Day. You've filled in the gaps with your great lens. Thanks!

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      I didn't know the history facts, and you did a great job writing them in a very interesting way.

      Congratulation for LOTD, it is well deserved

      Have a great New Year

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      7 years ago

      I never knew what Boxing Day was. I always thought it was a day for boxing matches. What a great tradition. Too bad we do not have something similar here in the US. Thanks so much.

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      7 years ago

      What a lovely lens, well deserved Lens Of The Day. I have never got to terms with the urge to dip into freezing cold waters although many of my friends have (and do). I prefer warmer climes and a SCUBA dive! Great lens, much enjoyed. Cathi x

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      7 years ago

      As a child I found boxing dat to be quite boring. as an adult I enjoy a nice relaxing day after the hustle and bustle of Christmas day.

      Great lens, well earned LOTD

      I give you my Angel Blessing too.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations on LOTD...a well-deserved honor. I loved reading about Boxing Day and never knew the history before. I've always had a love for the UK, so I thoroughly enjoyed this lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      7 years ago

      I never actually knew the history behind Boxing Day. It is very interesting and a lovely custom. Congrats on LOTD.

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      7 years ago

      I'm happy for the LotD on Boxing Day, congratulations. I already blessed this, and wish I could again...I'll be back again someday when it wears off. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congrats on LOTD! Well deserved!

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      7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      WOW - your Boxing Day menu is impressive...I'm wondering how quickly I can get from Berkshire to the Lake District for a bit of your Game Pie ;) Congrats on LOTD - and have a SquidAngel Blessing as a Christmas pressie from me to go with it :D

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      7 years ago

      I don't celebrate Christmas but do celebrate my own version of Boxing Day. (I never did like the expectation of trading gifts... many of which you don't need and sit on the shelf most of the year. Gifts are supposed to be from the heart and something the person would truly enjoy or needs in their life.) Most years, I decoupage boxes and fill them with the recipients favorite homemade candies with a chocolate coin. Then I write a quote that describes that person on the inside of the box's lid and give them to friends and public servants who might need a pick me up. I never ask, but people love to tell me what they do with the decoupaged boxes. One later served as the urn for a beloved pet who passed away and was cremated.

      [In high school, my best friend (from Canada) tried to convince me that Boxing Day was the official day when people boxed up all their Christmas gifts and brought them back to the store.]

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Your Squidoo lens is a great way to learn what Boxing Day is all about :)

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      7 years ago

      I've never heard of the Boxing Day untill I landed on your lens, thanks for the info and congrats on the LOTD!!

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      7 years ago

      Boxing day sure led to lots of confusion for me when I was young. LOL I'm glad you published a page about the holiday so people could understand it better.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to wish you a hearty congrats on LotD!

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      7 years ago

      sure learned alot about this holiday, thanks for the insight!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Lots of options on how to celebrate Boxing Day. For me it is the day I put Christmas away and start thinking about the new year. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Well, I always thought boxing day was called boxing day because that's the day you take your boxes back to the store and get what you really wanted for Christmas. I didn't know it originated in English or why. And I never knew that Americans don't have boxing day until I asked a friend. Look what the Americans gave up when they split up from the Dominion as they did. No Queen. No Boxing Day. Just a silly tea-party. Hey! Is that with milk or without?

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day! I learned so much. I truly had no idea but, I'm glad I read this. It was very informative.

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your Boxing Day lens. :)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. I was actually just talking to some friends about where the name came from the other day. Nice high quality and informative lens! :)

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD !

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      7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Absolutely delighted to see this as LOTD on this uniquely British Day! Many congratulations and blessed by a passing Squid Angel as we think about heading out for our traditional Boxing Day walk :-)

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Happy Boxing Day, hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day, and congratulations on Lens Of The Day. Wishing you a successful year in 2012. Blessed.

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      7 years ago from England

      Many congratulations on LOTD! Boxing Day, what a wonderful holiday! We'll be having cold meats and nibbles later. I also make up a bubble and squeak with all the leftovers from yesterday... yummy! I usually make a fry up of bacon and eggs complete with fried Christmas pudding but we ate it all yesterday so we won't be having that!! Blessed by Squid Angel ;)

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      7 years ago

      Congratulation for your LOTD. Your article "Have fun on Boxing Day!" was really informative. Came to know lot which I was not aware off earlier.

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      Sara Krentz 

      7 years ago from USA

      Very informative lens; I didn't know much about Boxing Day prior to reading this. Congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulation! nice lens

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Congratulations!

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      7 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      LikinTrikin LM 

      7 years ago

      Congratulations to you on the LOTD award :)

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      7 years ago

      Very informative lens. It was interesting to read about all those traditions associated with Boxing Day. Indians look forward to Boxing Day 2011 in the hope that their leading cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gets his 100th international century in the Test match at Melbourne between Australia and India beginning this day.

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed the Morris Dancing video. I was not familiar with Morris Dancing before seeing your lens. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Boxing Day!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I have always wondered about Boxing Day. Thanks for teaching me the purpose and history of this holiday. It would be great fun to participate in the many activities and the feast, too. Very nicely presented.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Great lens! I knew very little about Boxing Day traditions and activities until I read this page. Loved all the detailed info and fun pictures.

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      7 years ago

      How sweet.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens, but don't think I could handle more food!

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      8 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Excellent information about Boxing Day! Angel blessed :)

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      8 years ago

      Great lens. I usually spend Boxing Day on a farm in the North of England, with the family, eating left-over turkey, but there is more snow on it's way so I may be stranded in London.

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      dc64 lm 

      8 years ago

      I never really knew what Boxing Day was, even though I saw it on my calendar every year. It sounds like a lot of fun, but you will never catch me swimming in such cold weather!

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      dc64 lm 

      8 years ago

      I never really knew what Boxing Day was, even though I saw it on my calendar every year. It sounds like a lot of fun, but you will never catch me swimming in such cold weather!

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens. Learned lots of things about Boxing Day that I didn't know before. :)

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      8 years ago

      Sounds like fun

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I had a Boxing Day party in the U.S. a couple of times. It really puzzled my friends and I had to explain what it was. The calendar is too crowded before Christmas, so it worked out great.

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @Dianne Loomos: You're welcome!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I really didn't know what Boxing Day was. Thanks for the explanation!

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @RhondaAlbom: Glad to help!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Being an expat, I have wondered for years the origin of Boxing day. I did know it had nothing to do with the sport, but I didn't know what it was.

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      8 years ago

      Well, I did not know this, i.e. that "the name "Boxing Day" comes from the tradition of giving Christmas "boxes" or gifts, to the poor." How so appropriate.

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      9 years ago

      This is really a beautiful page you created. Excellent! 5*

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @indigoj: Glad that even a Brit has learnt something! Thanks for your visit.

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      Fun and informative - I learnt something new here! :)

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @poptastic: Thank you very much for the visit. I loved your White Christmas lens!

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @Gordon N Hamilton: Thanks Gordon. Hope you have better luck with the horses than the football.

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @justholidays: Thank you very much Dom. I hope you get over here sometime on Boxing Day.

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @pkmcruk: Thank you Paul-I feel blessed by your blessing.

      Glad you liked the lens.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      9 years ago from Quezon City

      Terrific lens with lots of information! I've only heard of boxing day from my cousins in the UK but I've never experienced it and don't know much about it. Now I do. (:

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      Gordon N Hamilton 

      9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Brilliant, Sue! Great lens. Shame about my beloved Rangers, this weather! :( Still - maybe I'll have a 100/1 winner in the King George!! :)

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      9 years ago

      I've always wanted to get to UK on Christmas so that I could see a Boxing Day into action. There are many activities on this day in Canterbury where I use to go... I'll do one day! Excellent lens!

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      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really excellent lens! Well done on writing so well about a great tradition at Christmastide - Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Thanks to Oztoo for the reminder about Boxing Day in Australia. I've added a link to the Sydney Hobart yacht race and the MCG test match. Any more ideas?

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @oztoo lm: I had to check before I made this lens if the USA did Boxing Day too. I think I need a section for Australia- yachting, cricket etc so big on Boxing Day. Thanks for the idea.

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      A big event in Australia is the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on boxing day. Its funny, growing up in England and living in Australia we have always celebrated Boxing Day but I'm only just realizing that Americans have never heard of it. Learning new things is one of the reasons I love Squidoo.

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Thank you all for your comments- please add events you know about to the guestbook, and I'll put them on the lens.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      A wonderful tradition!

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      9 years ago

      Have added Boxing Day to St David's Day too. Ah.. warm Boxing Day snooglies abound!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Sound like a great tradition. I'm glad you explained it for those of us on the other side of the pond.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Never knew about Boxing Day before. Nice lens!

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens... thanks for sharing! I like Boxing Day for relaxing with family and friends over coffee and holiday baking! :-)


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