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Friday, December 23, 2005

YOUR ???? QUESTIONS (Only 2 Days to Christmas!)

Here is a chance for you to have your questions answered by Doctor English. Today’s question is:

What is Boxing Day?

Boxing Day, or St. Stephan’s Day as its known in Britain, is celebrated on December 26th, the day after Christmas. The history of Boxing Day is disputed, however it is generally accepted that this holiday began with a tradition of giving gifts to people of lower class the day after Christmas. It is believed that servants or other people that had provided services to those of a higher class, were presented with gifts in boxes, hence the name of the holiday.

Today, Boxing Day has become a shopping tradition. Often stores have Boxing Day sales (or even Boxing Week sales) in which some items are sold for low price. It used to be that Boxing Day was the day that many people returned unwanted items they had received for Christmas, however now most stores in Canada do not accept returns on Boxing Day.

Thank you for sending your questions. If you have any further queries, please email Doctor English at drenglish@vec.ca. And have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

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