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What's Open, Closed on Boxing Day, Dec. 26

Stores are open for returns; local, state and federal offices closed for Christmas.

Christmas comes but once a year, but for 2011, the holiday will continue one more day.

With Christmas falling on a Sunday, the federal and state government extends the holiday onto Monday, today, Dec. 26, which is celebrated in many English-speaking countries as Boxing Day.

(Boxing Day comes from store owners or the wealthy using boxes and containers from Christmas to provide money or presents to thank workers or domestic help for good service throughout the year. Today, it is better known as the big shopping day of the year; the equivelant of "Black Friday" in the US.) 

All Belmont government offices are closed today as is the .

are closed.

All the boxes and wrapping paper from yesterday will have to stay inside for an extra day as trash collection is delayed by one day across town.

Christmas tree recycling will not begin until after the New Year so don't place any trees on the curbside just yet. 

For the first time, liquor stores around the state will be allowed to open on the Dec. 26 holiday although Belmont's will remain closed.

Federal government offices will be closed today including Belmont's two post offices. 

What is open are retail stores, ready for sales and returns.

Sandy December 26, 2011 at 01:33 PM
How come a garbage truck is stopping on my street? Did I miss the most important garbage day of the year? Help!
StillCrazy December 26, 2011 at 02:32 PM
The collection company was not supposed to be picking up today, the DPW says that they will re-run the route tomorrow as they were supposed to do.
Sandy December 26, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Terrific! Thanks.
Franklin Tucker (Editor) December 26, 2011 at 06:21 PM
According to someone in Town Hall who was just as mystified as you Sandy, the company that picks up our garbage has other towns that have scheduled pick ups today so assumed Belmont was on a normal schedule. What they did not do apparently was look at the Belmont DPW calendar that shows Dec. 26 as a holiday day. http://www.town.belmont.ma.us/Public_Documents/BelmontMA_Highway/Calendar%202011-2012.pdf All Monday pickups will be done on Tuesday.
Susan Danseyar December 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Another interpretation of Boxing Day is that the servants would take the left-over boxes from their employer's holiday gifts and use them to sit on for their own dinners at home (usually more crowded than usual with company so they needed the extra seats). Or, at least, here in England where I am vacationing, that's what several Brits have told me.

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