What is Boxing Day?

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Christmas brings us the season of giving. Boxing Day brings us the reminder to give more than just presents to your family and friends.

Boxing Day history

The origins of Boxing Day aren’t specific, but are based on the idea of giving to those less fortunate. Churches would put out alms boxes that the faithful would fill on Christmas day. They were then opened and distributed to the less fortunate of the parish the day after Christmas, Boxing Day. Another rendition explains how house servants have to work on Christmas, but are given the next day off to spend with their families. Their employers would give them gifts or bonuses and also the remains of the feast from the previous day.

Boxing Day is a modern, recognized national holiday in the United Kingdom. In its current form it is a day to spend with friends and family. It’s also the time of year to recognize tradesmen, mail carriers, porters, etc. who provided a service all year with gifts and tips.

At my house, we’ve always loved the idea behind Boxing Day of enjoying extra time with friends and family and also that of giving to others. We like to have people over and continue to celebrate the season.

Fun ways to celebrate Boxing Day

For the celebration fun I looked up some traditional Boxing Day recipes that make your leftovers into something sumptuous and new:

Christmas sausage & veg tortilla – RECIPE

Boxing Day Soup – RECIPE

Ginger Beer and Tangerine Glazed Ham – RECIPE

If you’re a fan of the Bridget Jones movie as I am, then you’ve heard of Turkey Curry – RECIPE

Oven Baked Rosti Cake (a bacon and potato dish) – RECIPE

Cauliflower and Carrot Salad – RECIPE

Cranberry Mince Pies – RECIPE


Charitable giving on Boxing Day

We also like to sit back and take stock of what we have and make our annual donations on this day.

If you do the same, make sure your good intentions are going to the right places. If you’re concerned about a particular group’s philanthropic efforts you can check up on their effectiveness by using the Charity Navigator online search. This database provides rankings of charities so you can make sure your donation is doing the work you want it to.

Even if this is a traditional British holiday, join me in enjoying one more reason for fun and celebration at this time of year. Happy Boxing Day to you and yours!

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