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Boxing Day - December 26th

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Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen (comerciantes, artesanos) would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a "Christmas box".
Today, Boxing Day is better known as a public holiday that occurs on 26 December, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some other Commonwealth (comunidad autónoma) nations.

In Britain, Canada, and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become the day of the year with the greatest amount of returns. In the UK in 2009 it was estimated that up to 12 million shoppers appeared at the sales (a rise of almost 20% compared to 2008, although this was also affected by the fact that the VAT (value added tax) would revert to 17.5% from 1 January).
Many retailers (minoristas) open very early (typically 5 am or even earlier) and offer doorbuster (gangas en artículos limitados) deals to draw people to their stores. It is not uncommon for long queues to form early in the morning of 26 December, hours before the opening of shops holding the big sales, especially at big-box consumer electronics retailers. Many stores have a limited quantity of discounted items. Because of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, many choose to stay home and avoid the hectic (frenético) shopping experience. The local media often cover the event, mentioning how early the shoppers began queueing up, providing video of shoppers queueing and later leaving with their purchased items. Many retailers have implemented practices aimed at managing large numbers of shoppers. They may limit entrances, restrict the number of patrons in a store at a time, provide tickets to people at the head of the queue to guarantee them a hot ticket item or canvass queued-up shoppers to inform them of inventory limitations.

(Info taken from wikipedia)

Christmas Crackers

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The tradition of crackers:
Party crackers are a tradition dating back to Victorian times. In 1840 a sweet shop owner started selling sugared almonds with sentimental messages as love tokens. Watching his wood fire one Christmas, he saw a log burst into flame with a loud "crack". This inspired him to make a log shaped package for his sugared almonds that produced a surprise bang. The cracker quickly became popular at parties with toys and hats added. By the end of the 19th century it was an established Christmas United Kingdom has at least one box over the Christmas season.
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Christmas Pudding

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