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Boxing Day on the Turf or High Street

Grass Clippings - Boxing DayBoxing Day in the United Kingdom is the day after Christmas Day and falls on December 26. Traditionally, it was a day when employers distributed money, food, cloth (material) or other valuable goods to their employees. 

Churches also played a part in the creation of Boxing Day. Through the year they would take money from churchgoers in the form of a collection and hand it out at Christmas.  Many of them stored the collection money in a box, which they opened on Christmas Day. The money was then handed out to the poor the next day - on Boxing Day.

Today, those boxes aren't as popular. However some people leave out extra money for people like paper boys and girls in the weeks before Christmas, and call it a Christmas box.

The day also has religious connections and is celebrated as Saint Stephen's Day in Ireland and the Catalonia region of Spain. In some European countries - such as Hungary, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands - Boxing Day is celebrated as a second Christmas Day.

Boxing Day has turned into a traditional sporting day when familes visit Football Stadia, Race Courses or the head off to attend the dreaded Boxing Day Sales on the High Street.

One thing for sure, Boxing Day is the day when you have Christmas Day left-overs that may include a turkey sandwich!  Enjoy.

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