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date: 24 June 2024

St Stephen's Day 

A Dictionary of English Folklore
Jacqueline SimpsonJacqueline Simpson, Steve RoudSteve Roud

(26 December).The day after Christmas Day, or ‘Boxing Day’ to most of us, St Stephen's Day is nowadays subsumed into the general two-day Christmas period and has little character of its own. Boxing Day derives its name from a previous custom on the day of asking and giving ‘Christmas boxes’, i.e. presents, either money or in kind. The ‘box’ was originally the receptacle into which the money was placed, but it gradually came to refer to the gift itself. There are strong historical traditions of gift-giving on ... ...

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