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By Erin Smith

While for many folks Christmas has come and gone, and today marks the day when people return those unwanted or mis-sized gifts. In some countries such as the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, the holiday continues with the tradition of Boxing Day.

Boxing Day is celebrated as a formal holiday on December 26th. It was a day that employers would distribute money, food, and other gifts to their employees for their efforts in support of their company all year long, according to timeanddate.com/.  Today, stores offer After Christmas sales to entice shoppers into their stores now that the holiday is over.

In the United States, while Boxing Day is not a legally recognized holiday, many shoppers will not only return unwanted gifts, but they will also take advantage of mark downs and After Christmas sales, as well.

In Ireland, Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen’s Day and marks the death of St. Stephen who was stoned to death for believing in Jesus.  Irish citizens celebrate on December 26th with feasts and parades in honor of St. Stephen.

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