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that_yeg_guy t1_j1t077a wrote

I don’t think any Canadian/Brit has ever thought Boxing Day was named after the sport.

Most people assume it’s named that way as it’s the day people traditionally started “boxing up” Christmas decorations. (Alternatively, the day businesses started boxing up all their Christmas overstock - hence the sales.)


krezgobop t1_j1t0uoo wrote

This is what I was told when I was a kid. Although we don’t usually put anything away for another week or so


777IRON t1_j1tfit3 wrote

I thought it was because you were boxing your fellow shoppers to get to the deals. /s


Nyghtshayde t1_j1u37c4 wrote

I'm Australian and I thought maybe it was somehow associated with the sport until I was about 16 and a Canadian girl explained the bit about boxing presents. In my defense, very few people box up presents here.


dirtmother t1_j1u1ben wrote

I thought it had something to do with the Chinese Boxer rebellion. No, I have no idea why I thought that.


Jasong222 OP t1_j1t14zr wrote

I swear for years I thought it was something with boxing the sport. I have some memory of seeing a movie, maybe something like Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, or something where they talk about boxing day as the day that 'things go down' and then the next day they're at a ritzy boxing event.

But probably I just jammed that memory together from who knows where.

edit: Yes, punish me for not knowing something, the entire point of this sub. I don't quite feel properly chastised yet.