Boxing Day, also known as St. Stephen's Day or Wren's Day, began as a British tradition during the holiday season dating back to the 17th century, when the atristocracy would give out boxes of money, gifts, or food to their house staff.
Today, of course, Boxing
Day sales are the highlight of the day, and a great way to catch some great bargains at after Christmas sales as shops and department stores clear out their excess holiday merchandise.
Boxing Day at Eaton
Today, Boxing Day sales are more commonly called January or Winter sales since they begin on December 26 ....and go on for weeks.
live in Canada, the UK, Australia, or any of the Commonwealth countries,
be prepared for crowds of
In the UK, by some accounts, one out of every twenty people in Great Britain will be in a store waiting in a queue with you on Boxing Day.
London, of course, is a prime spot for Boxing Day bargains with sales at Selfridges, and Harrods leading the way. Not to be outdone, the online version of Boxing Day has been referred to as Cyber Boxing Day, and in the UK especially Boxing Day remains one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. Of course, in Australia, Sydney becomes a madhouse of bargain shopping on Boxing Day..
How do you find the best bargains at department stores on Boxing Day? Plan ahead!
Make a shopping list of what you can really use -- and stick to it. Also, prioritize your list and scope out the departments you want to visit first. Get to the stores early on the big day, and avoid the "two-for-one" sales or other gimmicks to get you to buy unnecessary items (do you really need TWO winter coats?)
It might seem obvious, but also think about what you will need next Christmas -- with deep discounts on greeting cards, holiday decorations, wrap, and ribbons available at his time of year. Also give a thought to gifts you want to give for upcoming birthdays or anniversaries. Then sit back and relax, knowing that a portion of the battle's been won for the New Year!
Happy shopping ....
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