Boxing Day always falls on the day after Christmas here in Canada. The same goes for the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago & Jamaica. Now it’s almost the equivalent of “Black Friday” in the U.S.
Sadly what was once a day of relaxation and family time has turned into a crazy shopping day. Sales used to start in January post-New Year but the desire to grab a bargain and for shops to off-load stock means many now start on Boxing Day. Actually there are sales all year long now as many have turned to shopping online. Boxing Day is also a day of Christmas present returns/exchanges and some purchases for the following year.
Traditionally it was when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box” from their bosses or employers the following day right after Christmas.
However you choose to spend this day, make it worthwhile.
Take a spin on the ice (even at an indoor rink), do some last-minute shopping, make one final trip to see Santa – there’s still plenty of festive fun to be had on the night before Christmas. Enjoy a quiet dinner with loved ones and sip on mulled wine or eggnog and drink hot chocolate. Think about the upcoming year. And above all…..be nice.