Today 26 December is Boxing Day… a day steeped in history for countries of the Commonwealth. But why is it called Boxing Day when there is no connection whatsoever to the sport of boxing?
Well different theories abound but most of them revolve around the fact that a Christmas present in Britain is also called a Christmas Box. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for tradesmen and servants and the day they received a Christmas Box from their master or the Lord and Lady of the manor. The servants would go home and give the boxes to their families.
Another theory suggests the day is named after the box to collect money for the poor placed in churches on Christmas Day and opened the day after – hence Boxing Day. Still others believe the term relates to the fact that when setting sail many ships had a sealed box with money on board for good luck.
When the voyage was successfully completed, the box was given to a priest who would open it at Christmas and give the money to the needy. Whatever way you look at it, Boxing Day is about thanks and assistance. We have a strong black and kraft wrap with a big black bow that would speak to just about any one you would like to say thanks to. Oh and Boxing Day is also about sales and left overs. This year Foodwise has designated 26 December as National Leftovers Day which they say is about about saving money and helping the environment by ensuring food does not go into landfill. Sadly, Australian throw away 8 billion dollars worth of food annually. Certainly food for thought.