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The day after


hoe stopper: Discounted shoes, a girl’s best friend


Ringing in the shoppers: Australian actress Jessica Marais attends the offical ‘bell ringing’ ceremony for the Boxing Day sales at the David Jones Market Street store in Sydney, Australia.  


First come, first serve: Shoppers queue in line at the Myer store on Pitt Street in Sydney, Australia. 


Making a grab for it: Shoppers reach out to grab a bargain at a perfume counter at Selfridges department store in London, England. Pics/Getty images, AFP


One is never enough: A shopper carries a stack of discounted perfumes inside the Selfridges department store in London

A record 10 million shoppers were expected to spend an estimated
 
£3 billion (R26,500 crore)— around
 
£4.8 million (R42 crore) a minute — in stores in the UK alone yesterday
 
Why ‘Boxing Day’?
The exact etymology of the term “boxing” is unclear. There are several competing theories, none of which is definitive.
 
l It may come from a custom in the late Roman/early Christian era, wherein metal boxes placed outside churches were used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen, which in the Western Church falls on the same day as Boxing Day.
 
l In Britain, it was a custom for tradesmen to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. 

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