Boxing Day is an important part of the Christmas Festivities much like Christmas Day. For those who are unfamiliar with Boxing Day, the name of this holiday came from the tradition of giving Christmas boxes or gifts after Christmas Day.
Today, there are many other ways to celebrate Boxing Day aside from giving and receiving gifts. Here are some ideas that can help you decide on how to celebrate the day after Christmas this year.
Look for discounted deals
Much like Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving Day, Boxing Day is also known as a shopping holiday. On this day, you can find a lot items with huge price deductions. Take advantage of this day and shop for the things that you need. You can browse the Internet for the best locations to save yourself some time.
Watch football or rugby matches
In some places such as the United Kingdom, it has been customary for different football and rugby leagues to hold matches on Boxing Day. This is also done in places such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Aside from football and rugby, there are also many other sports events such as basketball in Australia and the United States, horse racing in Britain, bandy in Sweden, and ice hockey in Canada and various other countries. Moreover, Boxing Day has become one of the most important dates in the hunting calendar particularly in the UK as well as the US. During this day, you can participate or watch your favorite players. Go out with your family and friends to watch a match and to cheer for your teams.
Have an open house
Boxing Day can somehow serve as an extension of Christmas Day. Invite your friends over for a simple gathering at home. You do not have to prepare an extravagant meal for the day as most people are probably still filled up after Christmas Day.
Grab some brunch at a local pub
Since you and your family or friends will probably be a bit full with good food and drinks after Christmas, you can simply opt to visit a local pub, diner or restaurant for some light brunch instead of preparing for an early breakfast at home. You may even call up a few friends who might also want to grab a bite with you. This can be a great opportunity to catch up with your friends on how your families celebrated the hectic but happy festivities.
Help give food to the homeless
Aside from going on a shopping spree, watching sports games, inviting your friends over or celebrating with the locals at the pub you can also choose to help the homeless and less fortunate people celebrate the holiday season on Boxing Day. There are organizations that host social events that advocate for the needs of the homeless. You can look up which organizations are holding benefit gigs or programs in your area. You may also donate clean blankets and coats that would surely prove useful during the cold season.