A day off

Today, in many parts of the Commonwealth, is Boxing Day. It’s a public holiday here in Canada … so I’m taking a day off.

boxing-day-1901Boxing Day has nothing to do with pugilism; its origins lie in Queen Victoria’s time when, on the day after Christmas, it was customary for those, like the Queen herself, who had servants to give each servant, and in the Queen’s case many of London’s poor, a gift box … usually a food item or some wine or fruit for children. The custom spread and the burgeoning Victorian middle class, even those without servants, began to give gift boxes to those in need. The custom died with the rise of the state.


Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

One thought on “A day off

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: