Arguments abound on the origins of the name Boxing Day, all of the answers here are relevant, so maybe it is all of them.
· A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present.
· Boxing Day was a day off for servants and when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
· A box to collect money for the poor was placed in Churches on Christmas day then opened the next day.
· Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck.If the voyage were a success the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents given to the poor.
Boxing Day is the 26th December.
In Canada, Britain and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in the US. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become the day of the year with the greatest amount of returns.