Boxing Day

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Now this is one of the few bans I could actually get behind
Apparently, this is where all of those weird traditions of eating leftover turkey turned into curry, and watching the Boxing Day Test match, come from:
Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers,[1] in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other Commonwealth nations. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. 
In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. Due to the Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar, the day is known as St. Stephen's Day to Catholics, and in Italy, Finland, and Alsace and Moselle in France. It is also known as both St. Stephen's Day and the Day of the Wren or Wren's Day in Ireland. In many European countries, including notably Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day.[2]
I never could figure out the point of this day, or why it's considered a Bank holiday in the UK and various other bits of the (more or less) civilised world. This is one instance where I'll admit that the Americans have it right- Boxing Day is really just an excuse for going shopping, much like Black Friday.

Oh well. Enjoy the leftovers, I guess. 


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