Boxing Day celebrations had spirits flowing in a few corners of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
In the British tradition, observing Christmas extends to Dec. 26. While some say it began as the day people opened Christmas presents, others have a different take.
"After Christmas was done, the food that wasn't eaten would be boxed up and given to the servants," said Richard Oram, who was born in the London area.
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Today, the tradition has turned to a day for football, or -- as Americans call it -- soccer.
"I'm not missing out on Boxing Day. It's not going to happen," said Wayne McMullen, also a London-area native.
At Londoners Restaurant in Addison, the doors opened at 7 a.m. for the first football match of the day.
Owner Rosemarie said the faithful were there early, despite the early-morning wake-up.
"There was a line," she said.
While it's hard to recreate tradition so far across the pond, U.K. natives say the food, spirits and company of Boxing Day certainly help.
"It's a little bit home, right here in Texas," Oram said.