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Old 12-01-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: california
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According to what I have been told ,it is an english custom for the servants and the masters of the house to exchange positions of the day.
The military would swap ranks and so on.
It was intended a kindness on the behalf of those that usually get served to serve the servant .
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:10 AM
 
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Boxing day was the day that servants would be given a gift by their masters. Christmas Box is another word for Christmas Present. They would also get the day off to visit their families. These days it is the start of the sales mostly. It is also St Stephen's day, the first Christian Martyr. In the Republic of Ireland they will use this term rather than Boxing Day for the holidsys
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:11 PM
 
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Boxing Day, or St. Stephan's Day as it is called in parts of Europe has not been a national holiday in the U.S. because of following reasons:

1. Banks/post offices cannot be closed for more than two consecutive days (let's say Boxing Day falls on a Tuesday, the day before is Christmas, and before that is Sunday, which means they must be closed for 3 days)

2. USA is not part of the commonwealth nation

3. Nobody has ever introduced the holiday for the congress

4. There are already 10 federal holidays
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Boxing Day was in existence as a holiday long, long before Christmas became a cluster of black shopping jamborees. So shopping had nothing whatsoever to do with the holiday.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:39 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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I can't help but feel a little disappointed. I'm reading that Boxing Day is mostly just a big shopping day, when all along I thought it was actually a day set aside for the purpose of giving to the needy. You know, "box up donations and give."
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I say that we'll start celebrating it when they start celebrating the Fourth of July.
Quite apparent the US really did throw out a lot of British traditions with Independence, even though Boxing Day came after our break. Still, the US unlike the Commonwealth tried to keep separate from the UK.

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Old 12-30-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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The USA does not have a culture of servants, so the servants do not need a holiday on the 26th set aside for them to celebrate Christmas.
No, we don't have a culture of servants. Just slaves. That's waaaay better....you never need to give slaves a day off!

That is, of course, except for all of those Northerners who had servants. They do sort of have a "culture of servants."
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Because the USA is not a commonwealth country.

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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Because boxing day was the day for servants to celebrate the holiday. They did not get Christmas day off because they had to wait on the family and guests and be there working and cooking for all the parties and special dinners.

The USA does not have a culture of servants, so the servants do not need a holiday on the 26th set aside for them to celebrate Christmas.
I guess all of those who work on holidays such as Christmas in hotels, restaurants and stores here in the US are somehow different? Heaven forbid any of them have any recognition or relaxation, they're our servants!!! Oh wait, we supposedly don't have servants.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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I used to think it had something to do with boxing... as in fighting...

I think it was also tradition for the English gentry to go hunting on Boxing Day...sort of alluded to in this political folk song from Enland

Boxing Day


When I sit down at my table clasp my hands and bow my head
Should I thank my heavenly landlord for my crust of daily bread
When the hunter's in his stable and the hounds in his pack

Get the pickings of the harvest on which I break my back
There's a fence around the common land put there by the law
It's called hunting if you're gentry but it's poaching if you're poor
And the law forgives your trespass like the hounds forgive the fox
You must number all your blessings with the ha'pence in your box


And it feels like winter spit to eat and hell to pay
It feels like Reynardine on Boxing Day


Now the forest is a shipwreck and the field is full of stone
And it's hard to find a blade of grass some bastard doesn't own
And they stopped the earth up for us and the drove us into town
Now they say there's no work for us and they've closed the factory down


And it feels like winter spit to eat and hell to pay
It feels like Reynardine on Boxing Day

They're still meeting in the country for the hunt and for the course
You can join the bloody gentry if you can afford a bleedin' horse
And we raid along the railway and we pray we don't get caught
God damn you merry gentlefolk for your money and your sport

And it feels like winter spit to eat and hell to pay
It feels like Reynardine on Boxing Day


When I sit down at my table clasp my hands and bow my head
Should I thank my heavenly landlord for my daily crust of bread
For the whip and hand that feeds us and keeps us in our place
One day we'll turn and wipe the smile clean off your bloody face


And it feels like winter spit to eat and hell to pay
It feels like Reynardine on Boxing Day
And it feels like winter spit to eat and hell to pay
It feels like Reynardine on Boxing Day
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