Posted by Mogli on December 07, 2002 at 13:47:00:
In Reply to: St Stephen 's day/Boxing Day posted by Mike on December 07, 2002 at 13:05:29:
I though the question was why is St. Stephen's Day called boxing day? Do people put their presents in boxes and give them the day after Christmas in England?
St. Stephen was the first Christian martyr. Supposedly he was betrayed by a wren - hence the wren boys chasing after wrens to revenge the death of St. Stephen.
The USA has Thanksgiving. The Finns have their biggest celebration for the Christmas season on the 6th of January - that's the big day.
Horses for courses. Long-lived traditions that thank goodness vary from country to country. Awful boring if we all were forced to call the day after Christmas 'boxing day' - must say I always always found that term very irritating when used in an Irish context.