In Britain, it was a custom for tradespeople to collect "Christmas boxes" of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. This is mentioned in Samuel Pepys' diary entry for 19 December 1663. This custom is linked to an older English tradition: since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses, and maybe sometimes leftover food.
But nowadays it is very much a day for the shops ...
Can we, indeed, let the train take the strain?
The easiest way to reach Bicester Village is by train. When you arrive into Bicester North station, a dedicated shuttle bus will be waiting to transport you the short journey to the Village.
So just pop down to the depot and help yourselves to some free money.
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