"It is likely that Boxing Day began in England during the Middle Ages.
Some historians say the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following day off. As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes.
Another theory is that the Alms boxes placed in churches where parishioners deposited coins for the poor were opened and the contents distributed on December 26, which is also the Feast of St. Stephen.
So whether it be receiving the relief of a day's break from one's employers the day after Christmas or the receipt of relief from the Church's poor boxes, Boxing Day has always been associated with providing 'relief' in one way or another to the most needy among us. Did you know that the giving of one pound coin only can relieve one needy person today from experiencing death itself? An awesome thought and an unpalatable truth that is well worth considering over the Christmas period while still having sufficient left in one's own life to fully enjoy one's true purpose of life." William Forde: December 26th, 2012.