Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day! For those who aren't familiar with the British term, Boxing Day has no pugilistic connotations but refers to the weekday followingChristmas Day when the alms or "poor" offering boxes were opened and distributed to the needy.

Boxing Day gift giving began in the middle ages but was revived by Queen Victoria. After all the feasting of Christmas, the leftovers were distributed to the poor as well as monetary gifts. It was also a time to give gifts to the employees of the great houses and for the tradesmen that had served through the year. Gifts were given to postmen, delivery people, purveyors and shop keepers as well as any employees in your home or estate.

Boxing Day also includes lots of other opportunites that are more active...from after Christmas sales to fox hunting, which is a famous activity for Boxing Day. I found a great video of a 2007 fox hunt on You Tube which I have added at the end of the post.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your boxing Day. If you didn't see it, scroll down to the last post for the wonderful Christmas message from Queen Elizabeth II video I posted on my last post.

Four Shires Bloodhounds Boxing Day Meet 2007

1 comment:

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a great hunt video. Thanks for posting!

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