Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning community-minded bargain hunters. Today is Saturday, November 26th. Today’s holidays are:

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.
The first Small Business Saturday was conceived of and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it, in turn, gave to its small merchant account holders, and gave rebates to new customers to promote the event. They publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. Over 40 local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign. It generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtag #smallbusinesssaturday. The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #ThrowbackThursday or #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses. Additionally, some small business owners have run marketing specials on the November Small Business Saturday to help capitalize on the boost in foot traffic or online traffic, as most customers in this time period are actively shopping for the holidays.
Celebrating this holiday is easy. Simply avoid shopping in those corporate giant box stores and shop at businesses owned and operated by local merchants.

International Aura Awareness Day 

Created in 2002, International Aura Awareness Day has been celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in November since.
An aura is a quality or energy emanating from a person or thing. While every one of us has an aura, few people give much thought to them. Auras have been recognized for millennia to exist in all living things.
It’s been said that true beauty comes from within, but until recently there’s been no official day for honoring and acknowledging that special inner light we each have. Our aura has been recognized and artistically portrayed for millennia. The aura surrounds each and every one of us and changes according to our health, mood, and character. Dark or damaged auras can be an early warning indicator of myriad physical, emotional, and psychological problems. The human energy body, or aura, surrounds each and every one of us and changes according to our health, mood, and character. International Aura Awareness Day contends that you can both feel and see auras with practice relatively quickly and learn how to energize and repair your aura through visualization and meditation.
Depending on the beliefs of your religion, your aura might manifest itself differently. Hindu and Buddhist scholars link the colors that symbolize our auras to Kundalini energy and chakras. In the Christian and Islamic faiths,it is believed that auras are the halos around the heads of the holy – or the concept of a “body of light”.  British occultist W.E. Butler connected auras with clairvoyance, and he too believed that auras serve as a visual measure of the state of the health of the physical body.
With all that said, I have yet to see my aura…or anyone else’s for that matter. You’ll convince me of their existence only when you can show me one.

Good Grief Day

Good Grief Day has nothing to do with the stages of grief. Instead, it has everything to do with a little boy in a yellow shirt who never, ever, manages to kick the football. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and all the Peanuts characters, was born on this day in 1922. He passed away in 2000, and November 26, 2016, would have been his 94th birthday. Good Grief Day celebrates Mr. Schulz and the whole Peanuts gang.

National Cake Day

Cake is one of the world’s favorite desserts. The cake we know and love today evolved from early leavened breads which were sweetened with honey, fruit, and nuts. The word “cake” comes from the Old Norse word, “kaka,” meaning a baked flour confection.
The ancient Egyptians were the world’s first great bakers, with large-scale bakeries that produced unleavened breads and cakes, first baked on hot stones. They were the first to discover how to use wild (natural) yeast to make those flatbreads and cakes rise. Cakes are round because they descended from ancient breads—round loaves of dough placed on hearthstones to bake.
Fast-forward a few millennia to the 18th century. This was around the time when the technique of whipping eggs to make cakes rise was discovered. While it required many hours of beating, it heralded the dawn of modern baking. By the 1840’s, baking soda had been invented, followed by baking powder in the 1860’s. As ovens with regulated temperatures became available, and sugar became affordable to everyone, more people were able to bake, resulting in more creativity in recipe development; the modern cake as we know it began to take shape in the mid-19th century.
Even though sugar originated in Asia, cakes as we now know them—flour, eggs, butter and sugar baked to a sweet, fluffy deliciousness—are a Western evolution. There are thousands of different types of cakes in the world today; each culture has its own specialties, most of which we have never seen, or even heard about.
Whether you prefer vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, pineapple-upside-down, or one of the myriad other varieties, have a slice of your favorite cake today to celebrate this decadent holiday.

On this date in

  • 1716 – The first lion to be exhibited in America went on display in Boston, MA.
  • 1789 – President Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
  • 1825 – The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
  • 1832 – Public streetcar service began in New York City.
  • 1867 – J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.
  • 1917 – The National Hockey League (NHL) was officially formed in Montreal, Canada.
  • 1922 – In Egypt, Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
  • 1940 – The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto.
  • 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November.
  • 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1.
  • 1942 – The motion picture “Casablanca” had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City.
  • 1943 – The HMS Rohna became the first ship to be sunk by a guided missile. The German missile attack led to the death of 1,015 U.S. troops.
  • 1949 – India’s Constituent Assembly adopted the country’s constitution The country became a republic within the British Commonwealth two months later.
  • 1950 – China entered the Korean conflict forcing UN forces to retreat.
  • 1965 – France became the third country to enter space when it launched its first satellite the Diamant-A.
  • 1973 – Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she was responsible for the 18-1/2 minute gap in a key Watergate tape. Woods was U.S. President Nixon’s personal secretary.
  • 1975 – Lynette”Squeaky” Fromme was found guilty by a federal jury in Sacramento, CA, for trying to assassinate U.S. President Ford on September 5.
  • 1979 – The International Olympic Committee voted to re-admit China after a 21-year absence.
  • 1983 – A Brinks Mat Ltd. vault at London’s Heathrow Airport was robbed by gunmen. The men made off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly $40 million. Only a fraction of the gold has ever been recovered and only two men were convicted in the heist.
  • 1985 – The rights to Richard Nixon’s autobiography were acquired by Random House for $3,000,000.
  • 1986 – President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff after the Iran-Contra affair.
  • 1988 – The United States denied an entry visa to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who was seeking permission to travel to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.
  • 1992 – The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income. She also took her children off the public payroll.
  • 1995 – Two men set fire to a subway token booth in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The clerk inside was fatally burned.
  • 1998 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a speech to the Irish Parliament. It was a first time event for a British Prime Minister.
  • 1998 – Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000.
  • 2003 – The U.N. atomic agency adopted a resolution that censured Iran for past nuclear cover-ups and warning that it would be policed to put to rest suspicions that the country had a weapons agenda.

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