Did you know that Boxing Day has been a national holiday in Canada since 1871? Or that it’s a holiday in the United Kingdom too? In Ireland, Boxing Day’s the day for costumed parades and music. In England, Boxing Day heralds the annual fox hunt. In areas of Newfoundland, zany masked mummers visit neighbours who must identify them and serve them treats. The “boxing” in Boxing Day may come from the English practice of giving servants holiday boxes. Today, however, Boxing Day is more often marked by deep discounts at retail outlets everywhere, including Richmond Hill’s array of shopping areas not far from Avenue Towns. However you celebrate it, enjoy Boxing Day!