Boxing Day originated in the United Kingdom and is a holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day.
It was a custom for people to give “Christmas boxes” to tradespeople after Christmas, thanking them for good service throughout the year. Samuel Pepys‘ mentions donating to his shoemaker’s Christmas box in his diary entry for 19 December 1663.
This custom has also been linked to the older British tradition of wealthy families giving their servants the day after Christmas to visit their families, when each servant was given a box of gifts to take home.
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