Boxing Day 2020: All you need to know

Explore the origins of Boxing Day and find inspiration for giving back, shopping, and creating cherished memories on this special holiday. Embrace generosity and make a meaningful impact.
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Boxing Day 2020: All you need to know
In countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Boxing Day is a traditional holiday observed on December 26th. While it may not be recognized in the United States, it has become a popular day for shopping and seeking post-Christmas deals. However, the true essence of Boxing Day lies in giving back to the less fortunate and showing appreciation for those who serve us.
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In the U.S., Boxing Day is not recognized by Americans and is known as a popular day after Christmas for shopping at discounted rates, it is still quite the shopping day in America. It’s a day when stores and malls are packed with people using gift cards, returning gifts, or looking for those post-Christmas deals.

Where did the tradition come from?

Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated in all of Great Britain and also Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The holiday is observed by many businesses, particularly post offices, banks, and government offices. This is an age-old tradition that has been in existence since 1871.

Boxing Day is generally celebrated in conjunction with the Feast of St. Stephen. He was one of the seven original deacons ordained by the Apostles of the Christian Church to take care of the widows and the indigent.

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What are the ways to spend the day?

It is all about giving to the poor and needy because this year has been an emotional journey with many people in need of desperate help. Your contribution can bring a huge difference and what better occasion do you need to serve them than Boxing Day?

Here’s how you can spend the day:

Honor Those Who Serve

Boxing Day is meant to give a gift of money to people who provide you with services all year round. At the start of this tradition, the wealthy gave leave to their servants. They would give a gift box to their servants to showcase their appreciation.

Today, the tradition has extended to anyone who provides a service, such as a mailman, bellhop and garbage collector, among others.

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Help the Less Fortunate

Another popular tradition on Boxing Day is to give gifts to the less fortunate. You can donate money to a local food bank, give it to a family from your church, or make a donation to a local charity.

Shopping Deals

Boxing Day is similar to Black Friday in the US. It is a day filled with great bargains and deals for shoppers. Many take the opportunity to hit the stores to take advantage of the Boxing Day specials and sales.

Walmart is one name that appears on everyone’s mind during the festive season. Sometimes you have to go out and buy one last thing to mark the occasion and make your holiday complete. However, if you don’t realize you’ve missed something until Christmas day itself, you may run into a little problem. Many stores including Walmart close their doors for the holiday. The stores open on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, December 26th, resumes regular hours.

Shoppers must be prepared to make purchases and enjoy the deals to get inexpensive stuff and stock it. Remember that even stores use this opportunity to empty the stocks and hence be ready to have an emergency fund in place.

So start listing out things that are useful for you and worth the shopping. Stop buying something that will remain idle in the house (No gadgets or electronic goods even though the offers are tempting).

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Out With Friends

On Boxing Day, many people make it a tradition to hang out with friends and visit the local pubs in the area. However, COVID -19 will not allow you to do that.

Maybe you can invite your friends and relatives to enjoy drinking and socializing at your home or theirs, now that local establishments are at the risk of reopening due to the pandemic.

Stay at Home

In the recent past, this has been the norm but otherwise many people simply prefer to stay at home on Boxing Day. People enjoy their presents from Christmas and many set up and enjoy a buffet filled with holiday leftovers such as:

  • Leftover turkey
  • Glazed ham
  • Cold sliced beef
  • Variety of cold salads
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Pickles
  • Bread
  • Share and Create Memories

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How long do the Boxing Day sales last?

Boxing Day is a part of the continuous sales that happen till the dawn of the New Year. The sales actually last much longer than just a day. Last year we noticed some retailers kick off their Boxing Day sales much before about a week before Christmas, and with the current retail climate and uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought us; we wouldn’t be surprised if things start even earlier in 2020.

So you have a lot of holidays to make up for the loss of missing out anytime between now and the beginning of January 2021, you stand a good chance of making a great saving and, don’t forget the excellent last-minute Christmas deals to maximize your shopping.

Stock up materials that matter the most and make this Boxing Day a valuable one, don’t forget to take this opportunity to help the needy and get together with those you love.

Wishing you a happy Boxing Day before we bid goodbye to this year!

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Karthik Viveka

Karthik Viveka

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