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Boxing Day traditions: Shopping, hunting, and swimming are among Brits' picks

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Shoppers beg sales assistants for perfume products at Selfridges on the morning of the Boxing Day sales in London on Dec. 26. Retailers in recent years have started sales online on Christmas Day, ahead of the clearances in stores from Boxing Day, but are increasingly launching their online offers before Christmas after delivery deadlines for the day have passed.

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Shoppers sit on benches in a busy Oxford Street on Dec. 26, in London, England. Thousands of shoppers are in London looking for a bargain in the traditional Boxing Day sales.

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Stuart Radbourne, huntsman and joint-master with the Avon Vale Hunt, leads the riders and hounds for their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on Dec. 26, in Lacock, England. As hundreds of hunts met today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson claimed that moves to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales may not happen in 2013, although he insisted it was still the government's intention to give MPs a free vote on lifting the ban.

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A member of the Quorn hunt laughs before the start of the traditional Boxing Day meet at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough, central England, on Dec. 26. A ban imposed seven years ago states that foxes can be killed by a bird of prey or shot but not hunted by dogs. Hunts continue nowadays with pursuers accompanying dogs in chasing down a pre-laid scented trail.

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Huntsman Mike Smith from the Avon Vale Hunt, joins supporters outside the Red Lion pub who have gathered to watch their traditional Boxing Day hunt, on Dec. 26, in Lacock, England.

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Hundreds of swimmers wearing costumes take part in the annual Tenby Boxing Day swim in Tenby, Wales, on Dec. 26.