BONOKOSKI: No Boxing Day ‘box’ for the ‘servants’ in our lives

The origin of Boxing Day goes back to the Great Britain of the 1830s when, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, a day off was granted to “postmen, errand boys and servants of various kinds who expected to receive a Christmas box” from their overlords.

These are different times, of course. Only the richest of the rich have household staff, or domestic assistance.

The rest of us mop our own floors with the sweat off our brows.

  • tom_billesley

    It used to be fairly common in the UK to tip dustmen (binmen, trash collectors) on their last collection before Christmas. However, the tradition has dwindled as the personal link is weakened – it is less of a personal service as there was a change to large trucks with crews of five or so and they no longer enter onto properties to collect and return heavy bins part full of coal ash.