Boxing Day is a holiday in many British Commonwealth nations. The thing is, nobody’s completely sure where it came from. This article on Snopes says that it’s not related to the cardboard containers now empty of your presents, or an outbreak of violence after one-too-many family holiday gatherings. Both Snopes and the article on Wikipedia cover most of the big theories on the origins of Boxing Day. And this essay by Time.com explains some different Boxing Day traditions.
The one thing pretty much everyone agrees on is that Boxing Day started as a day of charity. If you’re ready to do a little giving, but you’re not sure where to start, may I suggest taking a look at one of these books?
Citizen You: Doing Your Part to Change the World by Jonathan M. Tisch