Boxing Day: It’s Not Fisticuffs!

Boxing Day greetings to all of my friends in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and to everyone throughout the Commonwealth.  And for those who aren’t familiar with this very British Christmastime tradition, Boxing Day, the day after Christmas has nothing to do with fisticuffs.  Rather, it comes from the tradition in England in centuries past of giving gifts in small boxes to servants, tradesmen and public workers such as mailmen, chimney sweeps, lamplighters, street cleaners, etc.  All those folks of modest means whose work held together the fabric of English society.  Boxing Day recognizes the Christian spirit of giving and it remains today as an integral part of the Christmas celebration in the former British Empire.  So if you live in the Commonwealth or if you’re an Anglophile like me, have a great Boxing Day!

R. L. Anderson, author, Will Nickerson Mysteries

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