Boxing Day Holiday (WA)

Boxing Day Holiday (WA) Quick Facts

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Boxing Day Holiday (WA)

Boxing Day Holiday History

Boxing Day serves to preserve the old practice of giving boxes on the day after Christmas. The day after Christmas in the olden days was traditionally a time when servants and workers would receive gift boxes from their employers, clients or masters. Usually, the boxes contained food, money or presents as a way to express gratitude for their service. Since it was customary for the servants and workers to have the day after Christmas off of work, they brought the boxes home to their families and shared their contents.

Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated on 26 December, the day after Christmas however in the state of Western Australia, when Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next Monday is a public holiday, and when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday or Monday the next Tuesday is a public holiday. Although the giving of boxes is no longer customary, Australians spend the day shopping, eating leftovers and enjoying the summer sunshine.

Boxing Day Holiday Facts & Quotes

  • In the late 18th century, Lords and Ladies of large estates would practice Boxing Day. They would do this by boxing up leftover food, clothing and other household items. These items would be distributed amongst their tenants and workers the day after Christmas.
  • For Boxing Day, many charitable organizations practice a form of giving boxes to the poor. Operation Christmas Child is one such organization.
  • December 26th is also St. Stephen's Day for the Western Church. The Feast of St. Stephen honors the first Christian martyr. Stephen was stoned to death outside the walls of Jerusalem, shortly after the Crucifixion.
  • Samuel Pepys, an English Member of Parliament, first mentioned Boxing Day in his diary entry from 19 December 1663 when he referred to giving something to the boy's box against Christmas.
  • Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. -Steve Jobs

Boxing Day Holiday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit your relatives. Take advantage of the extra day off to see relatives that you did not have the opportunity to see on Christmas Day.
  • Continue the tradition of giving gifts and donate some essentials to a charity. Homeless shelters would appreciate things like toiletries and food donations that can then be distributed to those most in need.
  • Prepare a traditional Box. Include non-perishable items and gifts for children in need. Drop your box off at a local organisation or mail it to an international organisation that delivers them to children around the world.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media by posting pictures of your Christmas day and adding hashtags #boxingday, #26Dec and #dayafterChristmas.
  • Get ready for New Years. Spend the day off preparing your home and cleaning up for the New Year.

Boxing Day Holiday References and Related Sites

Holidays in WA
Pepys Diary
Queensland Holidays

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