Boxing Day

The British class system seems sometimes so forthrightly condescending, and today is the day when it all comes together. Boxing Day, as it’s celebrated in the U.K. as well in various places the Empire once governed (though of course not here in the U.S.), is the day when the upper classes give the lower classes – that’s the servants – the day off.

That said, I used to work in my sister’s bakery, where the day after a major holiday was a day of sleep, if it was Boxing Day or July 5th or June 1st. So, working classes & huddled masses, sleep in today, and let the rich folks take out their own garbage.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. I wonder how many other people thought, as I did, that Boxing Day had something to do with the sport of boxing when they first heard about it.

  2. Yesterday a co-worker explained that it was a day when the upper class would box items such as food for their servants and said the day is more widely celebrated than Christmas since it is not religious in origin.

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