What Shall We Do On Boxing Day?

Millie Thom


So, today is Boxing Day here in the U.K. – the day after Christmas Day that serves to stretch the holiday out just that little bit longer. The day is a national holiday, which most people traditionally spent with family and friends, extending the party mood with further feasting and drinking. But nowadays hundreds – or more probably, thousands – of people head off to the big stores to grab the bargains in the Boxing Day sales. When I was younger, the sales didn’t happen until after New Year’s Eve, and were aptly called the January Sales.


I can’t say I like this new meaning of Boxing Day. I have lovely memories of the entire Christmas period being so much more peaceful. On Boxing Day years ago my parents would herd we three children into the car to visit relatives who lived some distance away – or we would be…

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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12 Responses to What Shall We Do On Boxing Day?

  1. Imran Ali says:

    Christmas Jesus and Islam
    Did you know that Muslims love Jesus?
    Muslims also love the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary.
    Did you know that Islam is the only Non-Christian Faith which makes it an article of faith to believe in and love Jesus Christ the Messiah?

    In this episode you’ll learn much more about the Muslim Viewpoint on Jesus and also come to understand Christmas a little bit better. We love our brothers and sisters in humanity and really hope that this great information can be of much benefit to all.

    • milliethom says:

      I’ve only just retrieved your comment from my Spam, Imran, so many apologies for the late reply.
      All I can say is that, yes, I’ve studied a little about several world religions, for teaching purposes, and I did know that Muslims also love Jesus and Mary. As I understand it, Muslims love Jesus Christ as a prophet. I wasn’t aware – if that’s what you’re saying – that Muslims accept Jesus as the Messiah.
      As far as Muslims loving their brothers and sisters in humanity, I know from many Muslim families here in the UK, that that is true – for most. There are always bound to be exceptions, as in all things.
      Thank you for your kind input, and apologies again for this very late reply.

  2. Joy Pixley says:

    As someone interested in history, myths, and language, it’s fascinating to me that we don’t know for certain why Boxing Day is called that, and yet people have come up with so many different plausible explanations. It reminds me that when creating legends and traditions for my fictional world, it can be more realistic if they *don’t* make perfect logical sense and if people disagree about them!

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, that’s true when it comes to your writing. It’s ‘poetic license’ for many things in fiction. As for the term “Boxing Day”, it’s generally accepted that the custom of gift-giving to servants was where it originated. When I was a child in the 1950s my mum still referred to Christmas presents as Christmas boxes. She was born in 1921, at a time when the ‘big houses’ still had servants. But it’s all interesting to speculate on. (How’s that for a pompous-sounding phrase? Lol). Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas, Joy. I believe you’re with your family … the very best place to be. ❤

  3. arv! says:

    Excellent write up on the post Christmas shopping madness. This is more prevalent in US where it’s not uncommon to find huge lines of Customer before store opens

    • milliethom says:

      Oh, we get that here, too, Arv, outside the big stores. People queue all night, sometimes in the freezing cold. All I can say is they must be bonkers. 🙂

      • arv! says:

        I think the whole system of consumerism is incorrect where people becomes slaves to brands and these brands have unending hunger for the abnormal profits. Just my thoughts here, Millie!

      • milliethom says:

        I totally agree with you. Consumerism is the main thing that spoils most of our old traditions and events in the UK. The ‘big boys’ who benefit from the profits are always the winners. Thanks for your insight, Arv. 🙂

      • arv! says:

        I saw two pictures in today’s newspaper here in Jaipur about the Boxing Day in Britain. One depicted the long line outside the store, while the other one had one of the shopper pushing extremely overloaded cart to the check out counter!

  4. We have Boxing day in Jamaica too! In my family when I was a child we would visit the poor bring them food and pray with them.

  5. milliethom says:

    Yes, giving to the poor seems to be one of the possible origins of the name of this day, Putting money into collection ‘boxes’ goes back to medieval times. I love the idea of taking food to the poor, Shelly, as you did when you lived in Jamaica. It’s such a lovely thing to do, compared with the way in which so many people spend Boxing Day now. I can think of nothing worse than fighting my way around crowded shops, or queuing for hours for them to open!

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