Many people associate Boxing Day with the sequence of games that always take place in England on December 26. However, the history of this holiday dates back to Medieval times.
According to popular belief, Boxing Day was created in the mid-nineteenth century. It’s believed that on December 26 (one day after Christmas) wealthy families presented their employees with a box containing food, clothes and money. Hence the name Boxing Day.
Another version of the story is that on December 26 - St. Stephen's Day, the Catholic Church distributed donations that had been collected throughout the year for the less fortunate.
It is believed that this tradition began in England and the December 26 holiday ended up spreading to countries colonized by the English. Over time, the date continued to be celebrated, but with a different meaning. Today, Boxing Day is synonymous with promotions and discounts.
In countries like Canada, Australia and England store owners look forward to this date. Many people wait until Boxing Day to buy Christmas gifts and the stores are packed with shoppers who go out in search of the best price.
And New Zealand isn’t any different. Even though the 26th is a national holiday, stores are already announcing that they will be open during business hours and with super promotions. If you plan to take advantage of the discounts, it’s best to wake up early and be psychologically prepared for big crowds and long queues. Or, you can keep an eye on the store’s websites, they often offer discounts for online purchases as well.
The best part of the holiday is that the tradition of giving gifts has gone through the centuries and Boxing Day is a great opportunity for you to give gifts and make someone's day special!