Boxing Day, which falls on December 26th, is the day following Christmas. It's also a public bank holiday in the United Kingdom. When the 26th of December falls on a Saturday, the Boxing Day bank holiday is rescheduled to the following Monday. These holidays were introduced in 1971 by King George VI when more than one workday fell on January 1st then previously. Before that time, only Christmas was a holiday so both days were paid.
The term "boxing day" comes from the need for employers to give their workers the opportunity to receive their wages in a recognizable form. Prior to this change, employees would often have to deposit their wages in a box at their employer's office until such time as they could be distributed during business hours. Today, many employers distribute their staff's wages electronically, but some smaller businesses may not be able to afford this technology. In these cases, it is still common for wages to be given out in cash or check; sometimes called "gratuity payments".
In recent years, several large companies have decided to give their employees an extra day off, instead of just one official holiday. So instead of working on January 2nd, today's employees will take tomorrow off as well. This is known as "two-for-one scheduling". Some other names for this scheme include "four-day workweek", "six-day workweek", and "eight-hour workday".
Boxing Day is a holiday observed in the United Kingdom and numerous other nations, most notably Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It is traditionally observed on December 26, the day after Christmas. In England, it is known as Boxing Day because earlier in the year it was customary for people to give and receive boxes of boxing matches delivered to their homes. Today, people often exchange gifts with their friends and family members.
Children like to see decorations up around the house on Boxing Day, so make sure you don't forget about them! If you go shopping for children's clothes or toys on this day, they may not be available later in the season. But if you find something you think they'll love, buy it now before they're out of ideas for presents.
Don't forget, the best gift is always someone you know well. So if you haven't asked anyone yet, get out your phone and start taking pictures of friends' babies or toddlers to send them as an email or post on social media. That way everyone will know just how much you care about them even if they can't come home for Christmas.
What exactly is Boxing Day? Boxing Day is an official public holiday (or bank holiday) observed by the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations on December 26. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are among the countries included. In North America, it is known as Christmas Day.
England adopted Dec. 26 as Boxing Day in 1751 when the House of Lords passed an act making this the annual holiday. Prior to this date, there were no national holidays in England. The first Christmas Day was 1753, when Parliament passed an act making that day a legal holiday for all citizens. It was not until 1823 that another annual holiday was added to the calendar: Good Friday.
In 1842, with the aim of promoting industry, Queen Victoria issued a royal proclamation making Monday, January 1, a public holiday called New Year's Day. This was later extended to include all Saints' Days up to and including March 25 (the day after Pascua Florida), and then again to include April 23 (the day after Virginia Day). As a result, today there are officially 13 public holidays in the UK.