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The history of Boxing Day

The history of Boxing Day

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26 in Great Britain and countries related to the British Empire such as New Zealand. It is a day in which the donation of gifts to the poor is promoted. What is the origin of Boxing Day? The term is mistakenly associated with the idea of ​​getting rid of Christmas wrapping. But the truth is that this day has a much older and deeper origin, in the Middle Ages. It is believed that at that time the noble classes delivered Christmas baskets with food to their servants and the priests displayed boxes with charitable donations. Another theory says that that day the workers went to their workplace with a box for the boss to deposit money and at the end of the day the employees distributed it to them as if it were a bonus.

How is Boxing Day celebrated in New Zealand?


It is an official holiday. Employees who work during Boxing Day are compensated with extra pay. In addition, families enjoy the day going to the beach or the countryside, celebrating family gatherings and shopping at sales. There are two times of the year when all stores in New Zealand agree to present their discounts: during the winter season (Winter Sales) and the time after Christmas (Summer Sales or Boxing Day Sales). Plan ahead. If you spend Christmas in New Zealand, you can take advantage of the opportunity to start your shopping for Three Kings Day, since most New Zealand stores advance their sales to Boxing Day. It is best to dedicate a day to shopping at sales and opt for one or two specific areas of the busiest cities in New Zealand for your search for offers. In these downtown areas you will find the most exclusive and sophisticated brands that are very attractive during the sales season. Also interesting are the sales of small stores and large franchises of economic fashion, where you will surely be able to get good bargains.

How to get the best Boxing Day discounts?


  • Pay attention to the dates and opening hours of your favorite stores on Boxing Day.
  • Search the stores' websites for the products you are interested in and make a shopping list.
  • Take a look at the store floor plans to familiarize yourself with the organization and layout of the sections. This way you will be able to orient yourself better once you arrive at the store and you will save time.
  • Bring a light backpack with a few bottles of water and some cereal bars to hold you over, as you may have to stand in line for a long time.
  • It is better to go to the sales in company, so that you have someone to help you later with your shopping bags and you can organize yourselves better to hunt for the Boxing Day bargains.

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