Let's not get carried away with things

IT'S easy to get swept up in the Boxing Day sales frenzy.

But before you rush to the post-Christmas sales, take the time to think about what you really need.

Just because something is on sale, doesn't mean you should buy it - unless you actually need it.

The annual Boxing Day sales are looked forward to by many, and if you enjoy shopping there is no doubt you will pick up some bargains - but let's remember what really matters at this time of year.

And it's not 'things'.

Boxing Day has traditionally been a day for families and friends to come together: to hit the beach or local water hole, play a bit of backyard cricket or simply just enjoy the company of those we love.

Several stories offer the origin of Boxing Day; one being that it was traditionally a day for employers in England to give bonuses of money, leftover food or old clothing to their employees, or for lords to give agricultural tools and seeds for the coming year to their tenants. They were all offered in a box.

Others believe the name relates to the box into which parishioners put church donations which were distributed to poor people of the parish.

The history of Boxing Day is not about greed - it's about giving.

Either way, the history of Boxing Day is not about greed - it's about giving.

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