Today Boxing Day is celebrated in many countries around the world – from Canada to the UK, Aruba to Namibia, Sweden to Zimbabwe, and the Cayman Islands to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It’s not, however, a holiday that’s really recognized in the United States, and I’m not much of an expert on it.
So I went where anyone else would go: I checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac , which is conveniently online now!
The Almanac tells me Boxing Day derives from the Old English custom of giving Christmas “boxes” to tradesmen, postmen and servants. The original boxes were usually made of earthenware and contained money, which could be retrieved only by breaking the boxes open.
Today, Boxing Day is welcomed as a quiet day of recuperation from the season's hectic festivities.
I didn’t have a Coca-Cola ad for Boxing Day, so I found this one of a family wrapping gifts. This ran in National Geographic, Saturday Evening Post and Ladies’ Home Journal in December 1946.
The Almanac also mentioned that Boxing Day happens to also be the biggest day of the year for soccer playoffs! That sounds like a great holiday!
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