Families play on the snow-covered slopes at Barnett Demesne Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Happy Boxing Day!
In some older traditions in the western world, December 26 was the day nobles and other property owners offered gifts to servants and employees. It's not clear if 'boxing' refers to the boxes that held these presents, or to donation boxes customarily set up for the poor on the holiday of ‘Boxing Day’—nor if these were so much gifts as reminders of one's place on the feudal social ladder. Nevertheless, this holiday on the day after Christmas remains rooted in Christian societies.