Boxing Day: After Christmas Sales - True Holiday Joy
The Commonwealth calls it boxing day, the Americans 'the day when stuff is on sale'. It's the day after Christmas and the streets are bustling with shoppers and returners.
According to MasterCard, holiday spending from Thanksgiving to Christmas rose 3.6 percent this year over last year, a slightly disappointing number to retailers.
The week after Christmas usually counts for 16 percent all holiday sales.
The origins of the term got little to do with the boxes that you throw out after getting your new gadgets.
Boxing Day is a traditional celebration, dating back to the Medieval Ages, and consisted of the practice of giving out gifts to employees, the poor, or to people in a lower social class. The name has numerous folk etymologies; the Oxford English Dictionary attributes it to the Christmas box; the verb box meaning: "To give a Christmas-box (colloq.); whence boxing-day." Outside the Commonwealth, the day is celebrated with a different name.
Hundreds of people stood in line outside stores in downtown Toronto this morning as Boxing Day sales got under way in earnest.
By opening time at 6 a.m., an estimated 600 people were waiting for the doors to open at the Best Buy at Dundas and Bay streets, eager to take advantage of deals on plasma televisions, digital cameras and computers.