Boxing Day is the day after Christmas Day, when traditionally servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers, known as a “Christmas box.”   Today, Boxing Day is still celebrated in the UK and some other Commonwealth nations.

In Britain, it was a custom for servants and tradesmen to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year.  This custom is linked to an older English tradition: Since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food.

We celebrate Boxing Day following the fox hunt that day and it is a time of celebration for all.  The traditional dishes we make are the same as for Christmas or Noël.