Diary of a Resurrectionist Thursday 26th December 1811

Thursday 26th
At home all day and night.

Boxing Day’s origin is more obscure, though it seems to date from the tradition of opening the collection boxes to give to the poor. It was also traditionally a time when the servants and those who ran households had the day off, having worked on Christmas Day, and they might be given a box as a gift, containing food or maybe a gift of money as well – a Christmas bonus.

It is also associated with a fox hunt.

26th December is the feast of St Stephen.



About theresurrectionists

My name is Kirsty Chilton. I am a Medical Historian working in London and relentlessly searching for the body snatchers of 18th and 19th century London. Currently, the content of this blog is a personal project to repost and comment on the diary of 19th century Resurrectionist Joseph Naples 200 years from the time it was written.
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