Retail Anarchy

November 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my bargain hunters. Today is Friday, November 25th. The holidays today are:

Black Friday

The name “Black Friday” comes from the accounting terms, “in the red” and “in the black.” Retailers hail the day after Thanksgiving as the turning point in the year when they transition from the red (losing money) to the black (making a profit).
Black Friday is a retail event held on the day after Thanksgiving. It is the single best shopping day for retailers and signifies the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It can best be described as “retail anarchy”. Stores offer selected merchandise at significantly reduced prices to entice shoppers into their stores in hopes that they will be induced to buy other things while they are there. People actually wait in long lines just to be one of the first people in the store to get the best bang-for-their-buck. It doesn’t bode well for our society in my opinion. Use this link to read about the origins and history of this holiday.
Although Black Friday is the biggest day for shopping traffic, it is not always the day with the most sales. That distinction typically belongs to the last Saturday before Christmas.
Fun fact: 66% of shoppers say that they shop for themselves on Black Friday.
Author’s Note: In recent years, there has been an upsurge in violence occurring on Black Friday. Fights breaking out, stabbings, shootings…all for the sake of saving a few bucks. Personally,  I don’t think it’s worth the hassle.
Additionally, I refuse to patronize businesses who make their employees come to work, often as early as 6:00 PM, on Thanksgiving Day just to jumpstart Black Friday for more profits. DAMMIT! Christmas Season Starts on the Friday AFTER Thanksgiving – let your employees enjoy the time with their families.

Buy Nothing Day

In stark contrast to Black Friday is the more sane Buy Nothing Day. Buy Nothing Day is basically a protest against consumerism. It urges you to stay at home and refrain from doing any shopping of any kind. This is the holiday that I celebrate each year. Let the unwashed masses deal with the stress and aggravation of rude, obnoxious people, and frazzled, overworked employees. I’ll be at home relaxing without a care in the world. This link will give you the history of this holiday.

You’re Welcome Day

Sometimes referred to as You’re Welcome-giving, You’re Welcome Day is celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving, which seems appropriate. It’s just good manners to say you’re welcome after someone says thank you.
My research showed this holiday being celebrated on different dates in different years, which were always the day after Thanksgiving. It is very likely that this holiday originated on a blog in 2002 declaring that the day after Thanksgiving should be You’re Welcome Day…however, the author remains anonymous.

National Native American Heritage Day

Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed on the day after Thanksgiving. President George W. Bush signed into law legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Baca (D-California), to designate the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day. The Native American Heritage Day Bill was supported by 184 federally recognized tribes and designates the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day to pay tribute to Native Americans for their many contributions to the United States.

Flossing Day

Another holiday celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving, Flossing Day serves as a reminder to remove from between your teeth the last vestiges of the green bean casserole that aunt Bessie brought to your Thanksgiving feast by flossing. It also encourages you to include daily flossing as a part of your  daily oral health regimen if you haven’t already.

Blasé Day

Blasé Day is the perfect holiday for the world-weary to revel in their apathy. The definition of blasé is:

1. Uninterested because of familiarity, frequent exposure or indulgence.
2. Unconcerned; nonchalant: He had a blasé attitude about housecleaning.
3. Very sophisticated.
Synonyms for blasé include apathetic, jaded, cloyed, sated, glutted, world-weary.

In a world where we are barraged with outrageous behavior from our government and some of those around us, it is easy to become blasé about certain aspects of life. We think: “Why should I care about ___, nothing I do is going to change it anyway.”
What I glean from the context of my sources is that Blasé Day is a day to just let go of your crusading nature for one day, and join the rest of the huddled masses in their ennui. You can resume your battle with “the man” tomorrow.

National Day of Listening

Sometimes the best gift one can give to another is merely listening to what they have to say. One of the biggest problems in today’s society is that people are so polarized that they won’t even listen to another’s point of view. National Day of Listening recommends that you to actually listen to what people are saying.
My parents are both long since deceased. I regret not listening to their stories when I was younger. A typical youth, I thought I had all the answers and my stodgy parents were akin to dinosaurs and had nothing relevant to impart. I wish now that I could turn back the clock. I would know much more about my family history, and about life in general. Somewhere along the line, I became my parents, so maybe, just maybe, I was listening after all.

Shopping Reminder Day

Shopping Reminder Day is always celebrated on the 25th of November. It serves as a reminder that Christmas is only a month away and, if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to start “making your list and checking it twice.”

“Sinkie” Day

Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers provide perfect reasons to enjoy a quick meal. Grab a quick snack of leftovers over the kitchen sink and hit the stores running.
To many people, this is more than a one-time event during the holidays. Many people do this as part of their daily routine. These “sinkies” are famous for grabbing a jelly doughnut while racing out the door in the morning late for work, dashboard dining in the car, and  having a desk lunch of M&Ms and Diet Pepsi from the vending machines in the break room. In today’s hustle-bustle society, millions of people around the world eat on the run. Eating and snacking over the kitchen sink has become a way of life. I must confess that I am guilty of this all too often. It’s certainly not the healthiest way to eat, but if you’re pressed for time it’s a viable option.

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day

The good ole’ U.N. is at it again with another of its esoteric, verbose, touchy-feely holidays: but this time at least it is for good cause. Violence against women has reached epidemic proportions the world over.

* Violence against women is a human rights violation
* Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
* Violence against women impacts on and impedes progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
* Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
* Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. Up to 70 percent of women experience violence, domestic or otherwise, in their lifetime.

The date of November 25 was chosen as International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were ordered to be brutally assassinated by, then ruler of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo on this date in 1960.

Maize Day

You probably know maize by its most common American name – corn. There are many varieties of corn/maize grown for different purposes, such as flour corn, popcorn, sweet corn, ornamental maize, and so forth. Corn can be eaten off the cob or removed from the cob to be cooked and served as a vegetable. It can be popped and eaten as a snack or pressed and made into the sweetener called corn syrup. Kernels can be bleached with lye (hominy), coarsely ground (grits), or finely ground and made into masa (cornbread, corn tortillas, tamales) or into porridge (polenta, mush). Corn meal can even be baked or fried into crispy corn flakes or corn chips.
Apparently eating corn-on-the-cob is mostly an American thing. Although there are many other cultures that eat a lot of corn-based products, they don’t commonly eat it off-the-cob.
Maize was first cultivated thousands of years ago, and by 1500 BC in Mesoamerica (in and around Mexico). After Europeans discovered the Americans, corn spread to the rest of the Americas, Native Americans, and eventually to the rest of the world.
National Maize Day was started by artist Corinne Lightweaver in 2004. According to Ms. Lightweaver, “It began as a small research project through which I intended—with my family—to commemorate the United States holiday of Thanksgiving through the viewpoint of the indigenous people.”

National Parfait Day

The word “parfait” means “perfect” in French.  A parfait consists of  layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits.  Yes, it’s basically a fancy-schmancy word for a sundae.  parfait was originally served on decorative plates, but today they are typically layered in tall, thin glasses.
There are many variations on the original parfait recipe, which originated in France in the 19th century. American parfait are usually made by layering ice cream with granola, nuts, yogurt, fresh fruits, and whip cream. You choose the components of each layer. The possibilities are endless.

Fur Free Friday 

National Leftovers Day

Systems Engineer Day  

On this date in

  • 1715 – Sybilla Thomas Masters became the first American to be granted an English patent for cleaning and curing Indian corn.
  • 1758 – During the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne at what is now known as Pittsburgh.
  • 1783 – During the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their last military position in the United States.
  • 1837 – William Crompton patented the silk power-loom.
  • 1850 – Texas relinquished one-third of its territory in exchange for $10 million from the United States to pay its public debts and settle border disputes.
  • 1867 – Alfred Nobel, of Nobel Peace Prize fame,  patented dynamite.
  • 1884 – J.B. Meyenberg received the patent for evaporated milk.
  • 1920 – The first play-by-play broadcast of a football game was aired in College Station, TX. The game was between the University of Texas and Texas A&M.
  • 1947 – Movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the “Hollywood 10,” who were cited a day earlier and jailed for contempt of Congress when they failed to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
  • 1955 – In the United States, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate trains and buses.
  • 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a stroke.
  • 1983 – Mediators from Syria and Saudi Arabia announced a cease-fire in the PLO civil war in Tripoli, Lebanon.
  • 1985 – Ronald W. Pelton was arrested on espionage charges. Pelton was a former employee of the National Security Agency. He was later convicted of ‘selling secrets’ to Soviet agents.
  • 1986 – President Reagan and Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to rebels in Nicaragua. National Security Advisor John Poindexter resigned and Oliver North was fired.
  • 1990 – Poland held its first popular presidential election.
  • 1992 – The Czech parliament voted to split the country into separate Czech and Slovak republics beginning January 1, 1993.
  • 1993 – Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Sedki escaped an attempt on his life when a bomb was detonated by Islamic militants near his motorcade.
  • 1995 – Serbs protested in the streets of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo The protest was against a peace plan.
  • 1998 – Britain’s highest court ruled that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, whose extradition was being sought by Spain, could not claim immunity from prosecution for the crimes he committed during his rule.
  • 1998 – President Jiang Zemin arrived in Tokyo for the first visit to Japan by a Chinese head of state since World War II.

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