Boxing Day is a British holiday celebrated the day after Christmas. Celebrate Boxing Day in Lake Norman on December 26. Although today it is often a day for family gatherings and shopping, traditionally, it was a day when churches and landowners gave gifts to their staff and to the poor. Often, they gifted gently used items or leftovers from the Christmas feasts. The name comes from each of these traditions.
- Churches opened the “alms box” or offering box to give to the poor.
- Landowners prepared boxes of food, clothing, and toys to give servants and others in need.
Typically, because servants worked on Christmas day, they got the next day off to enjoy and celebrate with their families. And, it is also a day when service personnel (delivery drivers and postal workers, hotel and restaurant personnel, etc.) received extra tips for all their hard work making Christmas merry for others.
Folks celebrate Boxing Day in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. Germans celebrate a similar day, known as “Zweite Feiertag” (or ‘second celebration’). Start your own celebration of Boxing Day in Lake Norman or wherever you live.
Make your Own Boxing Day Tradition
Set aside the day after Christmas to relax with your family. Then, box up gently used clothing or toys that your children have outgrown and deliver them to local charities with on-site drop-off locations. Or, donate to your favorite non-profit. Here is a list of local charities that may need your post-Christmas gifts or support throughout the year.
If you plan to sell your home in the new year, Boxing Day is a great day to get started paring down the items in your current home. That way you have less to move to your new home. Once you finish giving items away, take a few moments to browse the homes available in Lake Norman. Take a virtual tour and then give us a call and we’ll help you start the New Year in a new home.
Here are some homes in Lake Norman currently on the market.