Christmas is over for another year, however as soon as Santa returns to the North Pole adults up and down the country prepare themselves for the wonder that is the Boxing Day sales.
Very few people are aware as to why December the 26th is called Boxing Day, so if you are unsure here is a quick bit of useless information for you: In the UK it became a custom of the nineteenth century Victorians, for tradesmen to collect their “Christmas Boxes” or gifts in return for a reliable service throughout the year from their masters. Ultimately the rich celebrated Christmas on the 25th December with their servants ‘assisting’ their enjoyment, their day to which they received their gifts was the day after; the 26th. It is worth noting that there are several competing theories as to why the 26th December is indeed called Boxing Day; however this is the most accepted.
Two centuries later and things are very different, Boxing Day is no longer the day of rest and recuperation that so many want after a stressful 24 hours with family and friends. It’s no longer a time where you can reflect on the spiritual time of year, begin to clean up some of the mess in the house, or play with the children and their new toys. Just like the other 363 days of the year (two days off for New Years Day & Christmas Day) it is dedicated to shopping, however this day is different, it’s when shopping becomes a sport!
Those who are going to go Boxing Day shopping take things very seriously indeed, planning (in some cases) months before, allowing them to book a hotel room that is near to their shopping center of choice. Some choose to leave their own city and travel hundreds of miles across the country to a different shopping complex in hope of better deals or slightly less crowded venues.
As the clock refreshes to 00:00 on December 26th cues are already forming outside major shops, that include Selfridges, Harrods, Bluewater, Meddowhall & Trafford Center. Pushing, josselling trying to get to the front of the cue, all the while eying up their contenders to see if they can ‘take them’ on the rush to the handbag counter in order to save 10%.
It is true that there are excellent bargains to be had, some shops reducing lines to 50% their original price, giving your money double the buying power. However in the madness, pushing and shoving and all the commotion that goes on the minute the doors are flung open; can one really make an informed decision as to whether they really need yet another hat or pair of jeans?
This year four people have ended up being injured as a piece of plastic ceiling fell on shoppers in Selfridges, Manchester as over 400 people tried to cram themselves into the accessories area (BBC News Article)
To sum up today’s events here are a selection of clips that shows the goings on of what is now a traditional Boxing Day in the UK (all clips are taken from the BBC), im glad I wasnt there!
Shoppers Speak Of ‘Bargains’:
Shops Welcome Thousands As Boxing Day Sales Begin:
Shopping Frenzy At Selfridges: