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Title : What is Boxing Day? The Day After Christmas in the UK Explained
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Boxing day in Australia is very similar to the UK. The two big sporting events that happened on boxing day and they are, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. And the start of a test cricket match. We also have the Boxing Day sales at the shops. Also lots of movies come out on boxing day.
Boxing Day for us has always just been an extension of Christmas - Christmas Day number two, with friends and family you didn't get to see on Christmas Day.
The time between Christmas Day and New Year is still 'Christmas' in the UK - even if you have to go back to work. Lots of people still get the full week off, or book a few days of holiday time, so they can have the full week off.
Also The shops a lot of them supermarkets so on close early on boxing day so if participating in the sales go early but 10am plus as well as some open latter this is because most stores pay a higher wage time and a half or double pay on Boxing day as it's a public holiday as well
Happy National Boxing Day to all you servants in Canada and Australia! I can't help but laugh as usual thinking like many do that it must be a law or something that allows spouses to knock each other out over how much money the other spent on Christmas- either too much or too little is the gaff. You really did Beat us Americans to the Punch with having such a holiday first, and the day after Christmas. Some say here that that 2/3rd's of all marriages end in divorce, and with that logic we Americans could name today 'National Divorce Day." But hey as you say in Canada "Sock Ray Blu." Whoever this Ray Blue guy is must be the relevant default blame for it all- Eh! I mean A! Sorry but I live in USA next door to Canada so I really don't mind knocking on Canada once in awhile.
We always celebrated boxing day as a day to take your older items that were replaced with new Christmas gifts and donate them to Goodwill or to the daycare (in the case of toys when we were younger). We always ate leftover holiday food and boxed up things to share at work as in the US we all have to go to work the day after Christmas. It is a great time to hand-me-down items and give back to your service providers and the less fortunate.
In Norway we call the 25th of December First Christmas Day, and the 26th is Second Christmas Day. They are both holidays, and the shops are closed. Traditionally we spend those days with family, and especially for extended families, it's good to have more days to meet each other.
I think for a lot of Brits Boxing Day is Christmas Day The Sequel. It generally means a lot more eating and drinking, spending time with relatives that we didn’t see on Christmas Day itself, like the other set of in-laws, or siblings cousins etc. It’s a day when kids and adults get a chance to enjoy the toys and gifts they received the day before and generally have a good time with a little less structure and pressure that goes with the hype of the day before. Also a good day for family arguments!
An Australian Boxing Day is a public (bank) holiday and usually involves relaxing and eating Christmas leftovers. Perhaps a day at the beach. It's the day that the Sydney to Hobart yacht race begins and the first day of the Boxing Day cricket test match in Melbourne. Both are really big sporting events on our calendar and people travel from all over the country to attend because of the holiday. Today it is also about huge sales too but I personally avoid those like the plague 😄
Boxing Day for me is a potential family day, people come round, you have food (sandwiches with left over meat from Christmas dinner, all the fun party food) I say potential because a lot of people go back to work on Boxing Day so it's not really anything. I know the last few years I've worked all of Boxing Day (yay retail!) and people come into the shops and tell you how sad it is that you have to be at work, and you just feel like telling them 'if you stopped coming shopping on Boxing Day we wouldn't be open!
Each Christmas Day I participate in the annual Washington crossing the Delaware reenactment in Bucks County, PA.
Dressed as a solider in the continental army, we cross at the exact spot Washington and his army did on Christmas Day/evening 1776.
Well attended with thousands of spectators.
The position in Britain regarding public transport on 26th needs to be clarified. In London, it is (almost) 'back to normal', but in the rest of the country the bus and train services are either poor or non-existent. That is despite the fact that the 26th is the busiest day of the year for shopping, and one of the busiest for sporting events!
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UK used to run full bus service and football (soccer) schedule on Christmas Day. The bus service stopped in 1979 and that tradition is now on Boxing Day, but public transport is usually running Sunday hours if at all. "Normal" service isn't resumed until the 27th if Christmas is mid-week. Otherwise, the full week-day service doesn't happen until the Monday.