November 25th – Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning community-minded bargain hunters. Today is Saturday, November 25, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Small Business Saturday

After risking life and limb and sacrificing sleep and any vestiges of sanity, decorum, and dignity yesterday by participating in Black Friday, along comes 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, in turn, it 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.

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.” If you don’t celebrate Christmas, this holiday also serves as a reminder that Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are also nigh upon us. The point is that no matter which holiday you celebrate this season, it’s time to start shopping for the occasion.

International Aura Awareness Day 

Created in 2002, International Aura Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in November.
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.

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 holiday 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.

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.

National Parfait Day

Parfait is a French word that literally means perfect and was originally used to describe a kind of frozen dessert, beginning around 1894. A parfait consists of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits. Today, a parfait is usually served in a specially styled glass but, originally, they were served on decorative plates.
There are many variations on the original parfait recipe, which originated in France in the 19th century. American parfait is usually made by layering ice cream with granola, nuts, yogurt, fresh fruits, and whip cream. Sometimes, chocolate and crumbled cookies are used as well.
To celebrate National Parfait Day, simply make a parfait for yourself (and, of course, every other member of your household). You choose the components for each layer. The possibilities are endless.

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1715 – Sybilla Thomas Masters became the first American to be granted an English patent for cleaning and curing Indian corn.
  • In 1758 – During the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne at what is now known as Pittsburgh.
  • In 1783 – During the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their last military position in the United States.
  • In 1837 – William Crompton patented the silk power-loom.
  • In 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.
  • In 1867 – Alfred Nobel, of Nobel Peace Prize fame,  patented dynamite.
  • In 1884 – J.B. Meyenberg received the patent for evaporated milk.
  • In 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.
  • In 1936 – Nazi Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact. The treaty was directed towards the Soviet Union and stipulated that in case of Soviet aggression towards either country, the other would consider it as an act of aggression towards it as well. The pact was later signed by other countries including Italy, Romania, Spain, and Turkey.
  • In 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.
  • In 1950 – The “Storm of the century” hit the eastern United States. Also known as the Appalachian Storm, the storm reached blizzard conditions and dumped nearly 60 inches of snow in the Appalachian area. It brought unseasonal temperatures to the region and caused widespread damage to property. About 150 people were thought to have been killed by the storm.
  • In 1952 – Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” opened at London’s West End Theatre. The longest-running show in history, the play began as a radio play called Three Blind Mice. It is based on the death of Dennis O’Neill, who died while in foster care.
  • In 1955 – In the United States, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate trains and buses.
  • In 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a stroke.
  • In 1960 – The Mirabal Sisters were assassinated. The 3 Dominican sisters, Patria, Minerva, Antonia Mirabal, were activists that were opposed to the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. On this day, they were brutally killed and their deaths staged to look like accidents. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
  • In 1973 – Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted by the army in a coup. The event occurred just a week after student-led protests at the Athens Polytechnic were violently put down by the government.
  • In 1983 – Mediators from Syria and Saudi Arabia announced a cease-fire in the PLO civil war in Tripoli, Lebanon.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • In 1990 – Poland held its first popular presidential election.
  • In 1992 – The Czech parliament voted to split the country into separate Czech and Slovak republics beginning January 1, 1993.
  • In 1993 – Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Sedki escaped an attempt on his life when a bomb was detonated by Islamic militants near his motorcade.
  • In 1995 – Serbs protested in the streets of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo The protest was against a peace plan.
  • In 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.
  • In 1998 – President Jiang Zemin arrived in Tokyo for the first visit to Japan by a Chinese head of state since World War II.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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