Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day!

If you are like me- and I hope for your sake, you are not- then you don't really know what Boxing Day is. In the interest of full disclosure, for the longest time, I actually thought that Boxing Day had something to do with boxers...not the athletes, but the dogs. Yep, I'm that dumb.

Here's what Boxing Day really is:

Boxing Day is a secular holiday that is celebrated on the 26th of December- or the first weekday following Christmas, if Christmas falls on a Saturday and Boxing Day is on a Sunday, then it is actually celebrated the following Monday. Ugh, this is already confusing.

Boxing day was traditionally a day in which the wealthy in the United Kingdom would give their servants a boxed gift. Some would even get the day off. This was done, not entirely out of selflessness, but rather out of the wealthy's desire to make sure that their own Christmases ran smoothly by promising The Help, a much needed gift and day off.

The "boxes" in Boxing Day, usually contained a gift, cash, or in some very pathetic cases, the leftover food from Christmas dinner.

Today, Boxing Day is primarily celebrated in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a few other Commonwealths. Apparently, we celebrate it here in the US, but it is primarily for delivery personnel; according to wikipedia, US corporations give a bottle of scotch to their regular mail carriers and parcel deliverers. I have never heard of this before and I think it was added to wikipedia by a mail carrier who just drank and entire bottle of scotch.

Boxing Day is a huge shopping day, much like the US's Black Friday sales. For many merchants, it is their biggest revenue day of the year.

So, what are you waiting for? Go out and shop?

And here's some inspiration:
And I'm currently having and After Xmas sale...or Boxing Day sale, if you will. Enter coupon code AFTER25 for 25% off your entire order. Good through Sunday, 1/1/12.

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