But not by America. Are we doing this right, Canada?Boxing Day: that mysterious holiday celebrated by the rest of the English-speaking world!
Which makes it a Man Cave holiday! We resolved to learn more.After <a href="http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2013/12/20/why-christmas-in-the-southern-hemisphere-is-weird-and-awesome/" target="_blank">consulting our resident Australian</a>, we concluded that Boxing Day is just another holiday for drinking to excess.
Begun in the year ???? it's the one day of the year your boss is nice to you...
...Presumably for coming to work on the 26th.
The day derives its name from bosses giving their employees boxes--
--and if they were REALLY lucky, there'd be something in them.
But sadly, not a boxing lesson from a sexy lady.
So you're already doing better than they are, since you get a Boxing Day lesson!
Boxing Day is also known as The Feast of Stephen--
--But we're willing to bet you'd rather see these women than hear about good King Wenceslas.
But then it would be called "Unboxing Day," right?Another theory goes that the name "Boxing Day" comes from the unsealing of the alms box at the church, when its riches were given to the poor.
One of today's traditions is a fox hunt...
So you get two puns for the twice of one with "foxy boxing."
...Sorry for the interjection.You're going to break your wrist if that's how you uppercut!
That seems unwieldy. And unrealistic. Maybe it's a tradition local only to the 4077.According to an episode of M*A*S*H we saw once, in the army, the privates and colonels trade roles on Boxing Day.
A bob is a sensible haircut for a boxer because there's no chance your hair gets in your eyes, while also baffling your opponent about where the side of your head actually is.
A strapless bra is not a sensible choice for a serious fight, or really, any athletic pursuit.
A sports bra is the much more functional garment in boxing.
Anyway, back to Boxing Day. It draws from elements of Saturnalia, a Roman holiday when slaves and slave owners would switch places...which means Romans must have had a very, very different concept of slavery than the horror that it actually is.
Personally, if we had 24 hours to run our oppressor's household, it would go a lot less wacky than the Roman version. We'd go full-on Spartacus.
Us personally? We'd rather stay home. Dude, it's been a long year, and all we want to do is take it reeeeaaal easy so we hit January 2nd refreshed and running (we're realistic about our 1/1 hangover).Boxing Day is sort of the Black Friday of Canada & Britain, even though Christmas was the day before.
...you know: rich people sports from back when they were the only ones who could take a day off.Since people have a lot of time on their hands at this point in the year, Boxing Day is a very popular day for hunting and horse racing...
If you're unfamiliar with rugby, don't worry! We wrote you <a target="_blank" href="http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2013/06/03/an-americans-guide-to-rugby/">a whole guide</a> you can read before you learn about <a target="_blank" href="http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2013/11/05/go-tomahawks-americas-rugby-league-team-bucks-odds/">America's surprisingly kick-ass rugby team</a>.It's also a very big day for <a target="_blank" href="http://mancave.cbslocal.com/tag/rugby/">rugby</a>, so if you see anybody you want to scrum, now's your chance.
Have a happy Boxing Day! Whatever that is!