December 26th is Boxing Day, and from what I have read, is a public holiday or bank holiday in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Germany, Greenland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations that are made up of mainly a Christian population.
Boxing Day in the United Kingdom is traditionally a day when employers distribute money, food, cloth (material) or other valuable goods to their employees. Ok "Day Job", where's my Christmas Bonus Check, a turkey, some new clothes or something more valuable than that Christmas tree metal ornament (that was scratched, by the way) that you distributed to all your employees?
More recently, employers traditionally give their servants (yeah, that's what I am) a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day. "Day Job", are you reading this?? Where's my Christmas basket?!
In South Africa, The Day of Goodwill, also honored on December 26th, is a day to give to those who are less fortunate.
I read so many takes on this Boxing Day holiday thing and am not sure I really know WHAT it all means now. However, from what I gather, although this is a statutory holiday in some countries, it doesn't seem to be celebrated in the way it was intended to be in the beginning.
This Boxing Day holiday seems to boil down to nothing more than watching an ice hockey event on the t.v. or shopping the stores the day after Christmas. I'm just sayin' . . .