Boxing Day is celebrated in Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand. The term Boxing Day comes from the following tradition.
A Christmas box is, in English tradition, a clay box used in artisan shops. Apprentices, masters, visitors, customers, and others would put donations of money into the box, like a piggy bank, and then, after Christmas, the box would be shattered and all the contents shared among the workers of the shop. Thus, masters and customers could donate bonuses to the workers anonymously, and the employees could average their wages. The habit of breaking the Christmas box lent its name to Boxing Day. The term "Christmas box" now refers generally to a gift or pay bonus given to workers.
Boxing Day now is marked by big post-Christmas sales, but more importantly, the traditional Boxing Day Test in cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Today is the first day of the five day test, Australia versus South Africa. I won't be going to the sales; I'll be watching the cricket. I don't have a favourite player since Adam Gilchrist retired, it might be time for me to choose a new favourite. Maybe Michael Clarke, since his nickname is Pup.
I hope everypup and kitty got lots of presents or treats for Christmas! I got this special present: the wonderful Maggy, Zoey and their human Ann over at Zoolatry made this wonderful picture for me, and the other Australian blogging kitties. Thanks Maggy, Zoey and Ann!