Why do we celebrate Boxing Day? Of course, it’s the day after Christmas and another excuse to start drinking at 10am, but what is the actual significance behind it?

Well, it’s actually all to do with you lot. Historically, Boxing Day was the day of the year in which servants and tradespeople would receive presents/boxes of gifts from their employers. Apparently, these boxes would often contain food, money and some other types of gifts. They were also given the day off to visit their families. It was customary though to provide the tradespeople with these gifts the first weekday after Christmas as a thank you for their hard work.

With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, there’s the likelihood that some of you are gonna be called in by your boss on Monday. But, as this is a bank holiday some of you might be getting away with it! And, there’s also a bank holiday on Tuesday too which is carried over from Christmas Day. However, there is no legal requirement for employers to give you these bank holidays off. If they wan’t you in, then you’ll have to go in.

So, what do you think? Are you back in work on Boxing Day? Or will you be spending it with your family? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: www.thesun.co.uk www.bristolpost.co.uk

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