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AND NOW IT’S BOXING DAY!

   With Christmas day over it’s time to relax and enjoy Boxing Day—-a time to watch sport, bring out the sausage rolls and mince pies, eat leftovers from Christmas dinner and, in some cases, return unwanted presents to the stores. And no, it has nothing to do with pugilism.
    For the uninitiated, Boxing Day dates back to the 1500s and was traditionally a day when the Lords of the Manor,  the Squires and the wealthy in the United Kingdom would give a box containing a gift to their servants. 
   Now it’s better known as a holiday with a full sporting calendar of football, rugby and horseracing when all the pubs are open again, having closed or only opened for a few hours on Christmas Day.
 Boxing Day is traditonally observed in Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In South Africa it has been renamed Day of Goodwill and in Ireland it is recognised as St. Stephen’s Day.
 In many European countries it is simply the Second Christmas Day.
 But whatever you call it, wherever you are, enjoy it in whatever way you prefer. 
  And Happy Boxing Day! 

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