The Use Of The Christmas Box
An 'Alms Box' was placed in every church on Christmas Day, into which worshippers placed a gift for the poor in the church.
These boxes were always opened the day after Christmas, which is why that day became known as Boxing Day.
On Christmas Day, some paid workers were required to work therefore, they took the following day off to visit their families. As they prepared to leave, their employers would present them with Christmas boxes.
The tradition of giving money to workers still continues today. It is customary for households also to give small gifts or monetary tips to people who they work with. In some work places, employers give Christmas bonuses to employees or hampers to individuals and organisations they work with.
During this period many schools in developed countries gather together gifts and put them in Christmas boxes and send them to poorer people. This is very similar to the boxes found in work places such as salons, dressmakers etc where visitors are expected to drop some money in.
The Christmas boxes were made from clay and were necessarily made in the shape of a box. They were often hollow clay balls with a slit in the top. Share Your Thoughts on this article Name Email Location Comments Graphic Ghana may edit your comments and not all comments will be published