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THE HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF BOXING DAY

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Happy Christmas celebration.  I hope you enjoyed today's boxing day? You know it is important for us to know why something is done like Myles Munroe said when the purpose of a thing is not known abuse will be inevitable.

This brings us to the question of what is the purpose of December 26 which is called boxing day? What should be done and what is the history behind December 26th?

"[16]For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16 KJV)

The first thing to say about Boxing Day is that its origin has nothing to do with boxing oh as I thought while growing up or with putting used wrapping paper into boxes, or with boxing up all your unwanted presents, or indeed with football, horse racing, hunting, shopping, going to the cinema or any of the other activities that now characterize the day after Christmas and act as an antidote to the languor that descends on households at around teatime on Christmas Day. It is very important to note that the origin of Boxing Day lies not in sport, but in small acts of kindness.

December 26 is not only a day for Santa Claus to catch his breath but a public holiday known as Boxing Day in Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, and in other countries of the world. In spite of its peculiar name, Boxing Day has nothing to do with fisticuffs, the trashing of empty boxes leftover from Christmas, or the return of unwanted presents to department stores. The term is of British origin, and the Oxford English Dictionary traces its earliest print attribution to 1833, four years before Charles Dickens referred to it in “The Pickwick Papers.” The exact roots of the holiday name are unknown, but there are two leading theories, both of which are connected to charity traditionally distributed to lower classes on the day after Christmas.

One idea is that December 26 was the day centuries ago when lords of the manor and aristocrats typically distributed “Christmas boxes” often filled with small gifts, money, and leftovers from Christmas dinner to their household servants and employees, who were required to work on December 25, in recognition of good service throughout the year. 

These boxes were, in essence, holiday bonuses. Another popular theory is that the Boxing Day moniker arose from the alms boxes that were placed in churches during the Advent season for the collection of monetary donations from parishioners. Clergy members distributed the contents of the boxes to the poor on December 26, which is also the feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr and a figure known for acts of charity. (Ireland celebrates December 26 as St. Stephen’s Day.)

Although the practice of almsgiving on December 26 has faded with the charity now being given in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Boxing Day name has endured. These days, December 26 is a popular holiday in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and most especially Commonwealth countries for watching sports such as soccer and going to the cinema shopping and visiting friends.

"[17]For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
[18]Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
[19]For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." (Romans 5:17-19).

Do your best to make someone happy this season of love. Don't think only of yourself and your family think about others. St Stephen died because of his faith in God and love for God. This love made him ask God to forgive those who stoned him to death. Love is shown beyond our comfort zone to places and lives that are not comfortable, this is why the love we celebrate at Christmas is Unconditional.

December 26th reminds us of the gift of God's love ( Jesus Christ) we received at Christmas and that we have to receive or box the gift open by inviting Jesus into our life. In this gift of God's love, we find Joy, Peace, Love, Truth, Grace, Holiness, Eternal life,  righteousness, and lots more.

Have you received this love? Have you boxed the gift of Christmas which is for the salvation of the soul? This gift of love and grace is available for you today, it will expire the day you die. Now that you are alive is the best time to make use of this gift. This gift is Jesus Christ. Have you accepted Him? If you haven't you can do that right now.

You can begin a relationship now with the Lord Jesus Christ and experience His love for you by saying this prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, I believe in your death and resurrection. I ask you to forgive me my sins, I reject the devil and all his works and l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life. I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus' name. Amen.

If you just said that prayer I welcome you to God's family. Look for a Bible-believing church where God's word is taught and fellowship there.

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