Boxing Day is celebrated the day after Christmas. Traditionally,servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employer known as a ‘Christmas Box.’ It is celebrated here and in other Commonwealth countries. It is considered a Bank holiday-which is like a Federal holiday and is pretty darn nice if you ask me. Most of our Bank holidays are in the Summer.
So, what happens on Boxing Day? Traditionally, Boxing Day is a day for fox hunting. Horse riders, accompanied by their dogs/foxhouds chase that poor old fox through the countryside, hoping to tire him out and then kill him. In November 2004 MP’s voted to ban hunting with dogs in England and Wales. In February 2005, hunting with dogs became a criminal offence (although it is still legal to exercise hounds, chase a scent and flush foxes out to be shot). Also, it is traditional for horse riders to be dressed in red and white. Today, instead of chasing a fox, they chase a human runner. No living thing is killed. I personally do not like foxes. I have got some in my garden. They give me attitude and I am pretty sure they have opposable thumbs-I mean, how else does the lid of the rubbish bin come off?
Boxing Day is also a time when families get together to eat, watch sports and play board games. On Boxing Day I will be cooking for my English family. May Lakshmi help me. It should be fun though. We will no doubt have a real ‘knees up’ meaning a jolly good time!
Also, Boxing Day is a day when many hit the shops. It is pretty much the equivalent to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when Americans shop with wild abandon.
Lastly, Boxing Day is known for hunting of the wren. The wren is the smallest bird in England. Really tiny and cute. It is considered unlucky to kill a wren on any other day apart from Boxing Day. Hunting of the wren used to be popular. Now, not so much. Boy, weren’t those wrens happy?
Happy Boxing Day Y’all