Listen to two people talking about Boxing Day and answer the question:
1) When is Boxing day?
a) Day before Christmas
b) Day after Christmas
c) Two days after Christmas
2) Who were the boxes for?
a) Rich people
b) Servants (слуги)
3) What was in the boxes?
4) What meat does she usually eat on
5) What kind of races does she watch?
Boxing Day is December 26, the day after Christmas, and is celebrated in Great Britain
and in most Englishspeaking countries, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, but
not in the USA.
Boxing Day has nothing to do with boxing. Nor is it a day for people to give back boxes
with Christmas presents. Boxing Day began in England during Victorian times.
Some historians say the holiday started because servants worked on Christmas Day, but
didn’t work the next day. As servants went home to visit their families, their masters
presented them with gift boxes.
Another theory is that the boxes placed in churches, where people put money for the
poor, were opened on December 26.
Today there is a tradition to give presents or tips (extra money) to shop assistants,
postmen, doormen, porters, and others who helped people and worked at Christmas.
The British spend Boxing Day with their families and friends, usually those not seen on
Christmas Day. The day has recently become synonymous with sports. Horse racing is very
popular on this day. Many top football teams also play on Boxing day.
Boxing Day is also a time when the British take part in all kinds of silly activities. For
example, fun runs or swimming the English Channel – not the warmest place on the 26th of
December. Boxing Day is one of the British bank holidays (официальный нерабочий день) when
all the banks, offices, and the post office are closed. The others include Christmas, Good
Friday (Страстная Пятница), Easter, Whitmonday (день после Троицы), and the banking
holiday on the last Monday in August.