From a Very British Christmas:
Why, America, do (you) not bother with Boxing Day? What’s the rationale there? Is it because you’ve already had a lot of days off, what with Thanksgiving and Christmas Day? Do you not wish to enjoy another day in which you can look over your pile of presents, and then eat leftover turkey and watch another blockbuster movie? Are you that motivated that you have to get straight back to work as soon as is humanly possible?
. . . Boxing Day is also traditionally the first day of the post-Christmas sales. So a sizeable chunk of the population will be standing in a queue, ready to barge older and frailer people out of the way in the quest for a knockdown sofa. And if you don’t fancy shopping, your football or rugby team will oblige with a nice match to watch. That’s what we’re doing. Meanwhile, over in the US you’re, what, taking down the Christmas decorations and hitting the gym? Sheesh! Live a little, willya!
Hey, I want another day off too. In many European countries Boxing Day is considered a second Christmas. However since I live in the States, I am out of luck. Boxing Day is a recognized holiday in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and other Commonwealth Nations.
Just from reading numerous historical books I knew that it wasn’t a day to get boxes out of the house or to return gifts, as some people seem to think per Snopes. I always thought of it as a Christmas Day for servants. But I wondered if that was really true. Time Magazine did an article about Boxing Day in 2009, and I’m going to quote parts of the article: