Have you ever celebrated Boxing Day? Boxing Day occurs every year on December 26th. It’s a national holiday in the UK and Ireland. The story of Boxing Day has many origins, but the one we hear most often is the day after Christmas was when servants of the wealthy were given time off to visit their family, as they were needed to work on Christmas Day. Each servant would be given a box to take home with food, a bonus and gifts.
Many families in the US continue their Christmas celebrations for many days after Christmas (12 to be exact), and include Boxing Day in the festivities. Boxing Day can be a fun reason to get the family together once again, or to have a special holiday celebration with good friends. You can host a last minute Boxing Day celebration for your family and friends, and keep it very casual!
Invite friends over to spend the afternoon and evening playing games. It’s a great way to pass the time, and get everyone talking. Choose from games that will entertain a crowd, and select games that will be appropriate for different ages and mixed company. Have a bunch of board games on hand for little ones. Classics like Chutes and Ladders or CandyLand are perfect for preschoolers and elementary age kids. Teens and adults might like to play Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Clue, or even Risk. Hurry and get all of your games from Amazon! You could even have a delayed Boxing Day celebration, and celebrate a few days later. Amazon has great deals, like free shipping on orders over $49.00!
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When it comes to the food, keep it simple, and kid friendly, if you’ll have kids in attendance. You can certainly have more adult appetizers, but you’ll want to have some kid’s nibbles, too. Have a tray of easy to grab foods like chicken nuggets, veggie sticks, and fruit kabobs. Make sure that there are adults nearby to help little ones with fruit skewers. You can make up festive Grinch Kabobs with grapes, bananas, strawberries, and marshmallows for an extra fun and fruity treat that kids will love! For the adults, stick to simple spreads of fruit and cheese that pair well with different spirits and wines.
To make things even easier, don’t plan on cooking a main course. Have the entire group order pizza or Chinese food. You can get lots of different combinations of pizza toppings, or lots of different Chinese food plates to share. Send leftovers home with your guests, so you won’t have a fridge filled with food.
Add to the Boxing Day fun and do a Yankee Swap or White Elephant Christmas with your friends. Ask everyone to bring an inexpensive gift to swap!
If you’ve never celebrated Boxing Day before, why not start a new tradition this year?