Just like Thanksgiving, a lot of families spend their time together during the Christmas holidays and even after it. On other parts of the world (like United Kingdom, Australia, and others) the fun doesn’t stop on Christmas, they celebrate “Boxing Day” or “St. Stephen’s Day” – the day after Christmas. So if you’re spending the day after Christmas with your loved ones, it’s better to arm yourself with some fun boxing day activities. Keep reading to find out activities you should try with your family and friends.
The Origin of Boxing Day
According to WhyChristmas, Boxing Day was started in the UK about 800 years ago, during the Middle Ages. It was the day when the alms box, collection boxes for the poor often kept in churches, were traditionally opened so that the contents could be distributed to poor people. Some churches still open these boxes on Boxing Day. Nowadays, it is celebrated as a day to relax as well as to catch up with loved ones. Aside from that, it has also been synonymous with a lot of sports. A lot of horse race and football are held on Boxing day.
Boxing Day Activities You Should Try
Aside from eating cozying up in your own home, here are enjoyable boxing day activities you can try with your whole family and friends:
If you want to get big discounts, you should shop during Boxing Day. A lot, if not all stores usually offer a great discount during this holiday. It would be a great time to stock up on some clothes or even toys for your kids.
Visit A Theme Park
Visiting a theme park will surely be an activity that everyone will enjoy. From kids to kids at heart, theme parks bring such joy and fun. Aside from that, you can do a lot of fun activities in the theme park. Most theme park also has fireworks display at night and a parade, so kids will surely love it.
Host A Party
Another fun activity you can do is by hosting a party. It doesn’t need to be grand or super planned; it can be small get together with your family. You can even do some kind of potluck. What’s important is the quality time you’ll have with your family/friends exchanging stories or playing games.Salad Plates – $19.99
Go To A Museum
Now if you’re more into education, culture or history, you can opt to go to a museum. Just make sure to check their schedule as some may be closed or have limited operating hours. This is a great boxing day activity especially for kids since they’ll have the chance to learn and experience new things. There are also a lot of interactive museums, so that’s a plus especially if you have your young ones with you.
There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to give back to people. Remember even small things count. You can bake cookies with your kids and distribute it to a local shelter. Volunteer or join a fundraising charity event.
These are some boxing day activities you can try. How are you celebrating boxing day? Do you have a family tradition? Share them in the comment section below!