Boxing Day Traditions

In the UK the 26th December is called Boxing Day, but no one is really sure why. One idea is that in the past it was a tradition for employers to give a gift of some kind to the people who worked for them. The gift was usually in a box, so the day became known as Boxing day.

For most British people Boxing Day is just the second day of Christmas. People usually relax with their friends or families and eat and drink together. If a turkey was eaten on 25th December, people often eat any leftover meat with bread and cheese. Playing games or going for a long walk are other possibilities. Some people prefer to go shopping, as many stores reduce their prices.