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Cherrysoup Thu 22-Dec-16 22:50:08

My mum always says that a present will be 'part of your Christmas box'. I don't think she ever got her presents put together in a box. She's northern: is it a northern expression? I've never heard anyone else use it, either up north or down south. Does anyone else say it? It's not recent, she's always said it.

user1477282676 Thu 22-Dec-16 22:50:47

I'm a Northerner and it was always said by neighbours etc.

PiggyPlumPie Thu 22-Dec-16 22:52:27

I heard it for the first time in Norfolk nearly 20 years ago. Not phrase I'd heard in the East Midlands.

DarkDarkNight Thu 22-Dec-16 22:53:26

Northern here, my older relatives would say Christmas Box to mean present. Nothing to do with putting things in a box I don't think.

BewtySkoolDropowt Thu 22-Dec-16 23:00:04

Much further north here (very north Scotland) and my family say it - but I don't know if it is common here or if it is due to my mum staying in the north of England for a few years a long time ago.

fredabear Thu 22-Dec-16 23:02:21

Christmas box was traditionally from master to servant day after Christmas hence Boxing Day

previously1474907171 Thu 22-Dec-16 23:03:53

My Grandmother used to say it, she was from Sussex but it wasn't a regional thing.

She was from the Victorian era which is when giving a box of gifts started for New Year. it then became a Christmas tradition for the working class to collect a box of gifts given by the richer people.

Izzy82 Thu 22-Dec-16 23:28:45

My Nan says it. She's from Yorkshire

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