Handsel Monday was celebrated in Scotland and northern England by giving servants the day off and giving them a token for there services. Handsel originates from the old Saxon word which means “to deliver into the hand,” and refers to small tips and gifts of money given as a token. It was celebrated from the 14th to the 19th century. The dates reflects the change from the old (Julian) style calendar to the new (Gregorian) calendar. It has been replace with Boxing Day (December 26). Among the rural population, Auld Hansel Monday, is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday after January 12.
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