Which Boxing Day social set tribe are you in?
Boxing Day originated in the 17th century, when rich landowners would box up presents to give to their hardworking staff as a token of their appreciation. Fast forward a few centuries later, and it’s still rife with traditions for the social set, albeit slightly different.
Whether it’s kitting up in your trusty waxed Barbour for a long walk to combat countless helpings of lunch from the day before; slipping into the saddle with a glass of port before jumping hedges at your local meet, or heading to Basil’s Bar on Mustique after a long flight in your private jet, there’s no denying the social set know the best way to get over Christmas. But whose tribe are you in?
Searching for winter sun after a tumultuous year? Take inspiration from the Marchioness of Bath, who jets to Mustique, her close friend Lady Kitty Spencer, who can be found in South Africa, and Ayesha Shand, who visits the nature reserve Cultimaxa in Mexico. Still hankering for some British tradition abroad? Channel your inner interior designer à la India Hicks in the Bahamas and set up a Boxing Day tablescape inspired by the UK, with tartan, pine cones and red-ribboned crackers.
The Shooting Set
There is no doubt that Sandringham’s Boxing Day shoot is the highlight in any royal’s diary. Across the Atlantic, Missy Percy and her husband Remy Trafelet spend Boxing Day at Mercer Mill, the 6,000-acre quail reserve and pecan farm in Georgia, United States. Missy and Remy often host traditional quail hunts, where the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s daughter elegantly rides on horseback dressed head-to-toe in her sporting brand, Mistamina, followed by cocktails and dinner at 8pm.
The Huntsmen (and Women)
In light of the current restrictions, the smartest hunts are having to adapt to the latest regulations and are reconvening in more rural settings closer to home. Belvoir Castle’s Boxing Day meet fills every hunting enthusiast with delight, where the Manners clan congregate to ride alongside the Duke of Rutland’s pack of hounds. Further south, find property heiress Viscountess Townshend, galloping through fields where she is Joint Master of the renowned Cattistock Hunt. The prestigious hunt’s 260-year history is what makes it one the most desirable Boxing Day for the smart set.
The Ski Bunnies
For some, Christmas isn’t complete without a sprinkle of snow, oozing fondue by the slopes or dancing on the tables at Dracs nightclub in St Moritz. Find Talita von Furstenberg in the back of a husky sleigh through the mountains in Aspen, Eugenie Niarchos celebrating Boxing Day over dinner in her family’s chalet in St Moritz followed by fireworks, or skincare guru Barbara Sturm’s daughter, Charly, on the slopes in Gstaad with a mulled wine in hand.