What is Boxing Day in the UK? 🇬🇧🎁🎄
(upbeat Christmas rock) – Hi we’re Joel and Lia! – And today’s video is
all about Boxing Day. – So, we hope you’ve enjoyed Vlogmas, can we just say, welcome to Boxing Day? It’s the 26th of December. (laughs) – December. – I’m not losing my mind.
– No. – Want to talk to you guys
about what Boxing Day is, because there might be some of you that don’t have it, where they’re from, so this video is all about that. – Mm-hmm, yeah it’s weird because again it’s something that we’ve
been brought up with. I thought it was a global
thing; I think Australia do it, maybe some other countries do too. I know America doesn’t call it Boxing Day. – Oh what might they call it? Just the Day After Christmas? – The Day After Christmas, maybe. – Just, they don’t give it a name. Or they don’t celebrate Boxing Day. Not that you wake up
going “It’s Boxing Day!” I remember growing up, I’d always be like, “Mum, is Boxing Day the
day before Christmas “or the day after Christmas?” And she’d always be like,
no it’s after Christmas. – I love that. But it helps because then
like, the 27th you’d say is the day after Boxing Day. So, “On the day after Boxing Day, “I went and did blah blah blah.” You wouldn’t say the 27th. – And then you start
getting into No Man’s Land when you go to the 28th, what’s that? – It’s like the day after the
day after Boxing Day. (laughs) – A few days before
New Year’s Eve Eve Eve. – Yeah! – It’s New Year’s Eve Eve Eve! (laughs) – But it’s good because Christmas Eve comes before Christmas Day, and Boxing Day you just naturally know
that that’s then after. Just in the same way that
you’d say Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve Eve. – Yeah I love that. – You could say Boxing Boxing Day. – “Oh I’m going home on
Christmas Eve Eve this year.” So yeah I love that.
– Yeah I love it. – Okay, so let’s get into Boxing Day. Why is it called Boxing Day? – There’s two different theories. So one of them is that it’s traditionally a time where employers would
pack up boxes full of presents and give them to their employees. – And some say it might
be called Boxing Day because you’d pack up like a box, almost a shoebox size of presents, and give them to the poor. – So no one really knows
where it comes from, there are lots of
different theories about. But that’s traditionally
what Boxing Day meant. But nowadays it just means shopping. – Yeah, in fact, the last two years you and I have both done
the shoebox for charity, which is where you fill up a box and it gets sent to like
a Third World country. And you can put in sort of like, treats; you can put in like
toothbrush, stuff like that. – Like little gifts and things. – Little gifts, practical things. – But that’s not on Boxing Day was it? – No, we do that for Christmas Day, but it just made me think
of it because it’s a box. – Yeah, yeah.
– Yeah. – But yeah nowadays it
just means shopping, like the Boxing Day sales
start on Boxing Day. And lots of Brits will leave
the house on Boxing Day, just to go shopping. – So you’ve had the chaos of Christmas. You’ve done all the cooking,
you’ve done everything. Your family’s upside down, you’ve argued, you’ve played board games
and then the next day it’s like, shopping!
– Shopping. – Get them sales in and buy people’s, people pretend they’re
going to be really prepared and buy everyone’s presents for next year; no one’s done that.
– Yeah, but you’re not. – How many people do you
speak to that you’re like, “Oh have you done all your shopping?” And they’re like, yeah
I did it a year ago? – Yeah.
– No one. – But that’s why I don’t really tend to ask for clothes for Christmas, because they’re just going
to be reduced on Boxing Day and into the January sales. So I’ve gone shopping on
Boxing Day before, I think, or the few days in the gooch of– – In the gooch. – Of Christmas to New Year. I buy lots of clothes. – If you’ve got storage space, you can use that time of year to buy
stuff like wrapping paper, Christmas crackers, stuff that
you definitely will need– – Cheap for next year.
– For next year. Cards, if you’re someone that sends cards, you could buy all your
cards really cheaply. – But this Boxing Day
sales is kind of like our equivalent of Black Friday, like people queue on the streets, like Oxford Street in London is rammed. – Yeah, I wouldn’t go anywhere near Oxford Street on Boxing Day. I wouldn’t dream of it. You see people with like, prams, and you’re like, why are you here? – Yeah, they use it as a ramming device. – Yeah, I know, (laughs), horrific! But I don’t think ours
are as aggressive as– – No, the Black Friday shoppers. – Black Friday shoppers. Because like, we don’t really have any, like, massive fights kick off. Not that I’ve heard of or
seen on the news or anything. – No, the most dramatic
thing that happened I remember a few years
ago someone was shot on Oxford Street on Boxing Day, like when it was full of like, things. – That was horrific. – Not shot, I think he
was stabbed or something. – That’s really bad. – I remember seeing it
on the news and stuff. So bad things happen, but not that often. We’ve got a video that we’re
going to show you and react to, and it’s “Shoppers Hit Oxford
Street for Boxing Day Sales,” and it’s busy, but
there’s so much decorum. – Oh yeah? Let’s see. Let’s see the video. – This is Selfridges on Oxford Street. The queue’s around the block. – Oh, a nice orderly queue. – I love a queue. – “It’s almost free.” – Look how early it is, it’s dark. So they’re queuing at like,
probably 5 a.m., 4 a.m. – Of course they are.
– People will queue overnight. – Look at how happy they look, they’re so excited to get in. – And they’re running. – Oh they’re running, they’re running in. – But there are some walkers, and they’re literally just being
like, let in really calmly. But Black Friday shoppers were
literally like, trampling. – Yeah, there’s no one fallen over. – No, but they’re casually strolling in. – There’s a few strollers
and walkers that are like, I’m just going to go to
where I know I need to go. – And they’re all smiling,
they’re all happy. – Selfridges in particular, is
the biggest day of the year. It’s the biggest volume
across all of our stores. And this year will
absolutely be no exception. Things are definitely tighter
than you’ve seen for a while. But I think Boxing Day will
be more important than ever, because people will be
looking for bargains this year more than they’ve ever done before, so we’re anticipating that today. – Wow. People love a bargain, and that’s what is so, like, universal, about everything. Everyone loves a bargain. – But money’s an issue, that
everyone wants to save money, because no one has enough money. – Yeah no one’s ever got enough money. – No matter how much you’ve
got you’ve never got enough. – And you sell out on Boxing Day, buying stuff you probably don’t need. – I’d rather pay the extra
and go at a quieter time. – Yeah actually I’d rather pay for the peacefulness of my
shopping experience. – Yeah, I would; amazing. – And at Boxing Day
sales I’m really grateful I no longer work in a department store. – Yeah, hashtag #grateful,
hashtag #blessed. – Grateful, ’cause I– – I never used to work between Christmas and New Year anyway; I’ve always taken it off, I’ve always had, like or or two weeks off
at Christmas, New Year. But it’d be horrible to work
in retail on Boxing Day, ugh. – Oh my gosh. – My brother’s done it.
– Yeah? – He worked for Next. – And people go crazy for a Next sale. – Next is like, yeah. – Next is like, women’s wear, mostly. – No, menswear.
– Menswear as well. – Oh yeah it’s equal
men’s and women’s wear. I buy loads of stuff from Next. My underwear is from Next, look at that! – Oh don’t be such a
little slut, put that away. “Don’t be such a little,”
imagine if I was like, “Guys my underwear is
from,” and got it out. – Yeah, do it. – I’d get accused of being a little slut. – Of being a slut, but
because I do it, it’s not, and they’re like, “Joel!” “Boys being boys.”
– “Joel! Boys’ll be boys.” Boy!
– Boy, boys. – Booie! – “A booie’s just being
a booie!” (laughing) – “Booie just being a booie,” brilliant. So for those of you
that don’t go shopping, you’ve got Boxing Day at home or maybe like with cousins or family that you might not see on Christmas Day. – Yeah, you’ll see them on Boxing Day. – So you can see everyone on Boxing Day, that’s like a done thing in my family, we’ll see all, like, extended
family on Boxing Day. – Also you might go for
walk, Boxing Day walk, that’s a thing.
– Yeah. – Some people do it on the
afternoon on Christmas Day, but I think, most people are like, let’s get out of the house, we’ve been in the house on Christmas Day, let’s go for a walk. – It’s lovely. Yeah, love that. And you’ve got a dog for it. – Yeah, exactly. – So Oscar must love that. – But the best part about Boxing
Day, and the upcoming days, is the food, the leftovers. – Leftovers! – It’s amazing. – Oh my gosh, I just
love cold savory food, so this is my idea of heaven! This is legit, like I’m oh
yeah I’ll just make a sandwich, out of like a bit of turkey
meat, a bit of like, cranberry, a bit of this, a bit of that. A bit of stuffing.
– Wow. – Stunning.
– You make it yourself? – Yeah!
– Oh wow. – It’s all up for grabs. – I make my dad do it all the time. “Dad get me a sandwich”!
– “Dad get me a sandwich”! – “Make me a sandwich”!
– “Make me a sandwich”! – Oh.
– Aw. – I don’t lift a finger at Christmas. – Really? Imagine when you have to cook
your own Christmas dinner. – Oh my gosh; no, that’d be awful. – The timing can be so hard. – My brother is a chef, so
he cooks Christmas Dinner with my dad. I might chop a carrot or something. – Is that it?
– That’s it, yeah. – You don’t really get involved? – No. – “Just pour the Prosecco, Joel”! – I just drink the Prosecco
and play with Oscar. – “I’ll just be in here
being the youngest sibling.” – Yeah. (laughing) – That’s good, also people
can be control freaks on Christmas Day. Like, my family they’re
like, “Get out of my space.” So I’ll try and help,
but they’ll just be like, “Just go and play on Instagram.” – Yeah, and you’re like, “Okay.” – Okay, I’ll just go
and play on Instagram. – Yeah. (laughing). Follow us on Instagram!
– Yeah. – If you want behind the
scenes content on these videos and of our life over Christmas. – Yeah I’m sure there’ll
be plenty to share. Lots of Prosecco. – Yeah, but Merry
Christmas, I hope you had a great day yesterday. We will see you next time? – Next week?
– In a few days. – We’ll see you soon. – We’re back to thrice weekly, so Vlogmas is over, very sad, but we will be back
doing three videos a week like we always used to. – And we hope you’ve had
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