Originally Posted by Dmitriy
why's it called Boxing day?
It used to be the day when people would give each other presents, wrapped up in little boxes, before the tradition switched to Christmas Day.
It is also St Stephen's day, the 'feast of Stephen', when good 'king' Wenceslas 'looked out' - according to the Christmas carol.
Although, he wasn't a King, wasn't particularly good and, as we was killed by his own brother, probably didn't 'look out' as often as he should.
Up to a few years ago, the Boxing Day football fixtures would be the local derbies, because people didn't want to travel very far for football over the holiday season, but having 30 or 40 great big punch-ups around the country on the same day ("Boxing/Kicking/Nutting Day"
) eventually upset the spoilsport Scrooges who run football.