Boxing Day: A Holiday Just for Cats!

Boxing Day is a collection of boxes

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas in many countries: Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and others, (but not in the United States). I’ve read two definitions of it: The day the hired help had off so they could celebrate Christmas with their own families, who often were given boxes of treats or presents from their employers to bring home to them; a day to visit with all the other people you didn’t get to visit on Christmas day. Either one sounds plausible, but I posit that there is yet a third meaning.

It’s a holiday just for cats!

Have you ever seen cats in a room with a couple of boxes? They hop in and out and in again. They love playing in boxes. They are great places to hide, nap, and play. Boxing Day is the perfect holiday for them. A person who had cats must have thought up this holiday.

In many parts of the world, it is celebrated by heading for the shopping malls to either return unwanted gifts, or to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales. When Christmas cash is received for a present, it doesn’t hang around long.

Before you clean up all the Christmas boxes, let the kitties have a go at them. Maybe place a new toy or some catnip inside one and watch them have at it. I guarantee you it will give you and your kitties hours of entertainment!

17 thoughts on “Boxing Day: A Holiday Just for Cats!

  1. Boxing day, was actually when the head of a household would give some money to family members. Then they would take the money to a church, and it would be given to the poor. I like your version of Boxing day though. And so would my cat!

  2. We agree! Boxing Day is definitely for cats!

  3. Kitties Blue says:

    Everyday is a holiday to a cat, but we predict if they could pick one it would be boxing day with the entire house filled with a variety of shapes and sizes to play in, nap in and explore. MEOWY CATMESS to you and Sophie. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  4. It’s one of the best day in the year!

  5. Espirational says:

    Cats do love boxes, We’re going to be moving in the spring, I can only imagine what it’s going to be like when we start bringing packing boxes home. 🙂

  6. I do think it is beginning to catch on in the U.S. thanks to you guys and a number of others!

  7. Noodle says:

    We watch a lot of British TV and have always wondered what the heck Boxing Day was…
    Now we know!
    Hope you had a happy, happy, holly, jolly, jingle belly Christmas!


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  9. Good Idea! An empty box is always a cause for celebration here. Even if the box is just a bit too small for the cat!

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