Perhaps because of boxes that were placed outside churches to collect special offerings tied to St. Stephen's Day; or because of the old British custom of tradesmen collecting “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service, mentioned by the English diarist Samuel Pepys (1633–1703).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɒksɪŋ deɪ/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɑːksɪŋ deɪ/
- Hyphenation: Box‧ing Day
- The day after Christmas; the 26th of December.
- There are plenty of discounted Christmas items in the Boxing Day sale.
- ^ Samuel Pepys (19 December 1663), “19th December 1663”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A., F.R.S. Clerk of the Acts and Secretary to the Admiralty: For the First Time Fully Transcribed from the Shorthand Manuscript in the Pepysian Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge, by the Rev. Mynors Bright, M.A., Late Fellow and President of the College, with Lord Braybrooke's Notes, volume VI (July 6, 1663 – Dec. 31, 1663), St. Olave edition, New York, N.Y.: George E. Croscup, OCLC 4215698, published 1893, page 359: “Thence by coach to my shoemaker's and paid all there, and gave something to the boys' box against Christmas.”