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Last Updated: Wednesday December 26 2007 13:21 GMT

What is the meaning of Boxing Day?

Many people don't know the true meaning of Boxing Day

Boxing Day has become famous for things like hitting the sales and hunting but where did the name come from?

Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s, when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor.

Churches also played a part in the creation of Boxing Day. Through the year they would take money from churchgoers in the form of a collection, and hand it out at Christmas.

Collection money

Many of them stored the collection money in a box, which they opened on Christmas Day. The money was then handed out to the poor the next day, on Boxing Day.

Now those boxes aren't as popular. However some people leave out extra money for people like binmen or milkmen in the weeks before Christmas, and call it a Christmas box.

A recent survey asked how people were planning to spend their Boxing Day.

Most said they would be spending it watching TV and lots of people were planning to have a second Christmas Day.

Turkey sandwiches

And it seems turkey sandwiches are off the menu in many homes, with more than a quarter of people planning to tuck into yet another Christmas dinner with all the trimmings!