280 Boxing Day

Mark talks about what he does on Boxing Day.


Todd: So Mark, what happens on boxing day?

Mark: On boxing day in England it's usually football day. Everybody goes and watches the football. Usually all the family go, so maybe granddad and grandma will go. In England on Boxing day, it's usually the highest attendances of the year.

Todd: Oh, really.

Mark: Yeah, so we wake up on boxing day around about 11 o'clock, usually with a big hangover because we've been drinking of Christmas
day, and so to get rid of the hangover, what do we do, we actually drink more alcohol, so we usually go to the bar around 11, drink a lot of beer, and then go the football around about 2 and watch the game.

Todd: What's it like at the stadium?

Mark:Usually a really good atmosphere on boxing day, because, yeah and there are really big crowds and everybody is really happy cause it's Christmas so usually there's some guys dressed as Santa Clause or people are wearing like Christmas decorations and it's a really good atmosphere.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

boxing day

Boxing Day in England is usually football day.

'Boxing Day' is a holiday celebrated in England. I was traditionally the first weekday after Christmas when companies gave their employees presents and the postal service delivered gifts that had been sent. Notice the following:

  1. Does your company celebrate Boxing Day?
  2. We all went to the game on Boxing Day.

highest attendance

That day usually has the highest attendance of the year.

When an event has a 'high attendance' it means there are a lot of people there.  The 'highest attendance' means the most people who have come to an even during the year. Notice the following:

  1. This year's graduation ceremony had the highest attendance in years.
  2. The concert she gave in New York had the highest attendance.


We wake up usually with a big hangover from drinking the night before.

You get a hangover from drinking too much alcohol.  You usually have a bad headache and sometimes feel sick in your stomach.  Notice the following:

  1. Many people have hangovers on January 1st.
  2. I had such a bad hangover after my sister's wedding.

get rid of

To get rid of the hangover, we actually drink more alcohol.

When we make something go away, a thing, a person or a sickness, we are 'getting rid' of it. When we use it to talk about something it means the same as 'throw away' or that this thing becomes garbage.Notice the following:

  1. We are working on getting rid of things we don't use anymore.
  2. I am drinking lots of orange juice to get rid of this cold.


There's really a good atmosphere at the stadium, since it's Christmas.

In this case 'atmosphere' refers to the general emotional feeling of a place. Notice the following:

  1. The whole atmosphere in the company changed after she left.
  2. Being with friends is a good atmosphere to be in if you are feeling sad.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
Boxing Day • attendance • hangover
got rid of • atmosphere
  1. The in the club changes depending on the music.
  2. The at the baseball game was really low because the weather was so bad.
  3. She finally  that old car last year.
  4. We are having a party at our house this year.
  5. I can't believe I don't have a today. I drank a bottle of wine last night.