Origins of our Boxing Day – Better Furniture Boxing Day Sale.
For origins of Boxing day the best clue can be found in the song “Good King Wenceslas.
” According to the Christmas carol, Wenceslas, who was Duke of Bohemia in the early
10th century, was surveying his land on St. Stephen’s Day — Dec. 26 —
when he saw a poor man gathering wood in the middle of a snowstorm.
The King was moved by the gatherer, so he got together lots of surplus food and
wine and carried them through the blizzard to the peasant’s door.
During the Christmas period, Anglican parishes displayed a box into which
churchgoers put their monetary donations.
On the day after Christmas, the boxes were broken open and their contents
distributed among the poor, thus giving rise to the term Boxing Day. Maybe.
But actually: there is another possible story about the holiday and its origins.
The day after Christmas was also the traditional day when the aristocracy
distributed presents (boxes) to servants and employees — a sort of institutionalized
Christmas-bonus party. The servants returned home, opened their boxes and had a second Christmas on what became known as Boxing Day.
I am looking forward to my box this year from the boss!
So which version is correct? Well, maybe both have an element of truth.
Or perhaps neither are true?
No one, it seems, is really sure.
Both the church boxes and the servant presents definitely existed,
although some historians disagree on which practice inspired the holiday.
Today’s Boxing Day festivities origins have very little to do with these things.
Instead, they revolve around getting a bargain at the sales with any Christmas monies,
plenty of cold turkey and the remains of the selection box!
I am very much looking forward to all of the above!
Never mind these origins, what about the shopping and the best ever sale at Better Furniture!
Its proving to be the biggest sale yet.
Come and see the many offers available, we have plenty of space in our Southtown Road Store, so you wont be left out in the cold on Boxing Day.
Inside you will find the warmest of welcomes with a cheery smile and sale items at prices you have never seen before.
Merry Christmas to all, kindest regards Joanne