St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day), Dec. 26th

Dec. 26th/Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day

St. Stephen’s day is celebrated the day after Christmas is a holiday in the western Christian church (particularly in British and Irish culture) and on December 27th by the eastern church. It is a national holiday in Ireland where tradition says that the Robin (representing the New Year) kills the wren (representing the old year) on this day. Historically, “wren boys” would go house to house collecting money to purchase drinks and food for a party. Now it is a day for visiting friends, “boxing up” things no longer needed in order to donate them to charity, and eating left-overs from Christmas dinner.


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