“No man ever talked in poetry ‘cept a beadle on boxin’ day” (Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers)
Dating back to 1833, it is thought that Boxing Day takes its name from the Christmas Boxes that servants were given by their employers when they returned to work the day after Christmas.
It is also the day that both Harry S Truman and Gerald Ford, two former American Presidents, died; the day Earth’s populations reached 5 billion in 1986 and the day that the traditional meal of St Stephen’s Day pie is eaten.
It is also the day that Australia celebrates that other great Aussie tradition Cricket.
“The start of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne represents the start of one of cricket’s finest traditions in the long history of the sport.