Saturday, December 31, 2011

Boxing Day

Everyone knows what Black Friday is in the United States.
Honestly, I was kind of bummed this year on Black Friday, being in London, and missing out on all the excitement and shopping deals in the States, since this day doesn't exist here.
But London does their own Black Friday.....
It is called Boxing Day.
It takes place on the 26th, the day after Christmas.
When I first heard of "Boxing Day," I was thinking it was like Boxing, the sport, and that maybe they had a big Boxing tournament that you watched on TV or went to.
But nope. It is like boxing, like boxing up a present.
I don't think Boxing Day is as hardcore as in the states for Black Friday.
Like, there aren't people camping out the night before, or even two days before just so they can get their deals, but people line up about 3 hours before the doors open.
The stores also open a little later than in the states.
No 3AM, or 5AM deals, but it is more like 9AM, which is nice to sleep in a little.
Here is what Wikipedia says about Boxing Day-
"Boxing Day is traditionally a day following Christmas when wealthy people in the United Kingdom would give a box containing a gift to their servants. Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations. Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become the day of the year with the greatest revenue. In the UK in 2009 it was estimated that up to 12 million shoppers appeared at the sales."
Nate and I decided to check it out and see what this day was all about.
We got to the shops around 10ish and it was crazy!
There were so many people, body to body on the sidewalks,
that it was a struggle to get anywhere.
A lot of the stores would make you wait in a little line to enter different corners of the stores that would be roped off, just to keep things more orderly and civil.
There were some great deals though! Holy crap!
London is usually so expensive, but on Boxing Day, prices are great!
This is definitely the day to shop!
Here is my favorite find of the day:
Dressy Black Leather Boots to the Knee
What made these boots stand out to me was the bow and the button on the sides. Love that!
And they fit me perfectly, seriously like they were made for me.
So comfortable and easy to walk in.
Nate actually found them for me and said,
"You got to try these, they are definitely your style."
He is super good at finding cute things.
This is Nate's favorite find of the day:
A Charcoal/Black Suit
After going to many different stores, trying on lots of different styles, cuts, and shades,
Nate finally chose a suit that he loved at Selfridges, and for a screamin good price.
Boxing Day is the best day to buy a new suit because they are around 50-60% off!
As we were walking home, the traffic of people started to get really congested, even more than usual. Some people were turning around and coming the opposite direction. It was a nightmare trying to fight your way through. When Nate and I finally got to the front, we realized that there were a bunch of policemen and the whole section of the sidewalk and the road were roped off. It was right in front of the Disney store. We realized that it would probably be a while before we got through, so we turned around and went a different way.
The next day, Nate was reading the news, and he saw that there was a stabbing on Oxford Street the day before right in front of the Disney store!
We realized that that was why it was all blocked off.
We felt very blessed that we hadn't gotten there any sooner
and witnessed it or been involved in it in any way....
But yeah, we got home safely and everything was fine.
We had alot of fun shopping and experiencing our first Boxing Day in London.
Later that afternoon, we went over to Heather and Steven's
for leftover Christmas food/goodies, and games and movies.
Happy Boxing Day!!!

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