By: Areeb Asif.
Every year children run down at 5 A.M to look under their Christmas trees for their presents. They celebrate the day and have fun, and from the next day on they go “life as usual”, forgetting the long preserved South Asian tradition of Boxing Day.
Boxing Day comes on the 26th of every December, marking the end of the holiday season and in a way is a “Hail Mary” by companies to try and clear their shelves before the new year. People line up all around the country at different outlets as early as 5 A.M. and sales go as late as midnight, before the now incorporated “Boxing Week.
But how do you become a master of this day?
- Wake up at 4 am. No matter what. The sales start early and if you were to wake up like you would on every other holiday morning, you’d be lucky to get a couple plastic bags while you were there. All over the city people rush to malls and outlets early and if you want to get in on some of the action.
- Look at flyers beforehand. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas the day, if you have a brain and like saving money, then you will want to know where the sales you’re looking for are. Don’t just show up at Best Buy expecting a sale on OREO COOKIES because you my friend are in for a tough time. Knowing what you want and knowing where to get it cheapest is vital to becoming a master of boxing day.
- Buy things you might use in the next 5 years. You never know, maybe a child shows up at your door and the crib you bought 3 years ago on Boxing Day suddenly looks like the greatest decision of your life. A lot of the time you find that you need something and you don’t have it and stores are overpricing it by hundreds of dollars, thats when you’ll be thanking your lucky stars that you read this guide to becoming a master of Boxing Day.
- Load up on gas. If you plan on shopping like a true master of Boxing Day you will sprinting in and out of stores, and driving all over the city. You will not have time to stop by gas stations so fill up a huge tank in the morning.
Now you’re ready to face the dangers and joys of Boxing Day! Good luck!