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What is Boxing Day?

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Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26 every year in England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa and Trinidad. The holiday itself comes from servants who worked for the British upper class. The servants had to work on Christmas, but they left to see their families on the next day, bringing along a Christmas box from their employer.

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What is Boxing Day?
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Boxing Day is for spending time with family. For most people, it is synonymous with taking unwanted Christmas gifts back to the store and cashing in on sales. There are several Boxing Day sporting traditions in England, such as horse races, fox hunting and even swimming the English Channel.

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    Why do we have Boxing Day?

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    According to Time Magazine, Boxing Day evolved from a tradition of aristocrats giving gift boxes to their servants the day after Christmas. The servants had the day following Christmas off to celebrate the holiday. Additionally, the Anglican church traditionally collected donations for charity prior to Christmas. These boxes of donations were distributed the day after Christmas.

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    When was Christmas first celebrated?

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    The first recorded Christmas celebration was on December 25th 336 A.D. Just a few years later, Pope Julius I declared that Jesus' birth would be celebrated on that day every year. Since the actual date of Jesus' birth is unknown, many theories exist questioning why that day was chosen.

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    Is Argos open on Boxing Day?

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    Boxing Day has been a normal shopping day in the United Kingdom since 2006, and historically Argos has chosen to open its branches on that day. Argos opening times vary from store to store and the opening hours for each branch are published on the Argos website.

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    Which country celebrates Christmas first?

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