Boxing Day 2012

Traditionally the day after Christmas Day, on December 26th is called Boxing Day.  It is celebrated in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  Much like Black Friday in the USA, Boxing Day is now known as a shopping holiday.


In the old days, servants in England would receive presents or money from their employers, as a form of thanks.  This day is also called the Feast of St. Stephen which falls on the 26th of December.

In 1976, I was in England on a student exchange in Northern England in Lancashire area. The city I was living in was called Blackpool/St.Annes and the neighbors on the street where I was staying brought over boxes of goodies such as cakes and candies for the Host family.  I thought the “term” Boxing Day – was for the boxes exchanged between friends and neighbors.  So as you can see the Boxing Day  can mean several things to many.  Traditions change over time; it may have started out as one thing and then changed to commemorate something else.  So – however you celebrate Boxing Day – there will always be the inevitable argument of the original meaning.

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Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 40 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, blogging, being a dog mom, loves social media and travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a high school biology teacher; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog.
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