Boxing Day

The origins of Boxing Day stretch back to the Middle Ages and it is likely that its name is garnered from the customary ‘Christmas Box’ of the time. Clay boxes at workplaces acted much like piggy banks with small deposits of coins placed inside over time until they were broken open the day after Christmas and the proceeds shared between employees (the first instances of a Christmas bonus!). Servants and the lower class would also be given gifts and money in boxes on this day; hence, ‘Boxing Day’.