There is more than one theory on how Boxing Day originated.

Some say Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, became a holiday when many wealthy families with servants began to participate in it when servants used it as a substitute Christmas when they had to work for their masters.

There is another theory that revolves around the influence of the church in which the Alms Box, which contains money or other goods collected by the people of the church area or parish, would be opened and the contents split between the workers in that particular parish.

Regardless of how the holiday came to be, the holiday is celebrated today by giving small gifts or cards to the people who have served or helped them throughout the year. The gifts are ways of saying thanks to mailmen, firefighters, policemen, doctors and all other people that put aside time for others. Boxing Day is a day to give back.