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Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a holiday observed in the United Kingdom and much of the Commonwealth on December 26.

There is much dispute over the true origins of Boxing Day, but one common story of the holiday's origins is that servants used to receive Christmas gifts from their employers on December 26, after the family celebrations. These were generally called their Christmas boxes.

Boxing Day is now a public holiday in the UK, and traditionally a day of sport. Like other public holidays which may occur on a non-working day, the "day off" will occur on the first day after the public holiday that would otherwise be a working day, though Boxing Day itself remains on the 26th.

In Canada, Boxing Day is also observed as a public holiday, and is a day when stores, especially electronics stores, sell their excess Christmas inventory at radically reduced prices.

In Ireland the 26th is known as St Stephen's Day or Wren's Day[?].



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