Cyber Monday, Square Dancing, Chocolates, and Lemon Cream Pie

November 29, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of online shopping. Today is Monday, November 29, 2021. November 29th is the 333rd day of the year, and 32 days remain.

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is celebrated each year on the Monday after Thanksgiving. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to discern that this holiday celebrates ‘cyber shopping’ (aka: “e-tail”). More specifically, this holiday is the third side of the ‘retail triangle’ designed to separate you from your hard-earned dollars at the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It is the online counterpart to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. This popular online shopping day was first created in 2005 by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term Cyber Monday was coined by Ellen Davis, the Senior Vice President of the National Retail Federation.
Just like their brick-and-mortar cousins on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, online retailers hope to realize a spike in sales on Cyber Monday. Sales on the first Cyber Monday were about $450 million dollars, but as Cyber Monday caught on, sales increased. In 2006, sales were up 25% to a little over $600 million, and by 2010, sales topped $1 billion dollars for the first time. The latest sales figures, for 2015, showed that shoppers spent $2.28 billion dollars on this holiday. In 2015, online shoppers spent an average of $124.00 per person for Cyber Monday – with 46% of people using credit cards, 43% using debit cards with the rest using online payment services such as PayPal. Social media has also ramped up the advertising opportunities, bringing, even more, potential shoppers to retailers’ online stores. Cyber Monday shopping is expected to be up again this year with a predicted $3-billion in sales.
As technology emerges, so do the ways people do their online shopping. Purchases using mobile devices have increased significantly, adding to the convenience of Cyber Monday. No longer do you have to be strapped to your PC or Mac in order to make an online purchase. Last year, 41.2% of all Cyber Monday [e-tail] transactions were done on a smartphone or tablet.
But what the heck are these people spending their money on? The most popular online purchases on Cyber Monday tend to be tech items –especially wearable technology and the traditional small appliances, clothing, gift cards and digital media.
To celebrate Cyber Monday, simply let your “fingers do the shopping” today.
Author’s Note:
I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you about cybersecurity. While you are doing your online shopping today, make sure that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your personal information.

1. Make sure that you have adequate computer protection software installed on your computer to prevent ‘cyber theft’.
2. Buy only from reputable online retailers that you trust.

Remember, it’s not a “good deal” if someone steals your credit card information – or worse yet, steals your identity.

National Square Dance Day 

National Square Dance Day is celebrated annually on November 29th. You don’t need to be a professional “hoofer” to conclude that this holiday celebrates square dancing – a popular type of folk dancing, especially in rural America. Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speak to its health benefits for people of all ages. The origin of National Square Dance Day is unknown.
Square dancing is a form of folk dancing that has its roots in traditional English, Irish, and Scottish folk dance. Square dances were first documented in 17th century England. They came to North America right along with the European settlers, where they were modified over the years. The Western American square dance is perhaps the most famous type of square dance worldwide – in fact, the square dance is the official dance of 19 American states.
Square dancing is mainly associated with a romanticized image of the Old West, and cowboys wooing young belles during dances organized to celebrate various occasions. The dance is accompanied by jolly, lively music on guitars, fiddles, accordions, and bagpipes. The dances normally form patterns of lines, circles and, as the name suggests, squares, with couples – male/female, female/female or male/male – taking a turn in every role. As it evolved in the America, a caller was added, to help dancers stay in step. The dancers are prompted through the square dance choreography to the beat of the music. Sometimes, this so-called “caller” is one of the dancers, but more commonly the “caller” is found on the stage with the band. Interest in square dancing, which had waned during the World Wars, experienced a revival in New York City in the 1950s during the American folk music revival.
Logically, the best way to celebrate National Square Dance Day is by doing some square dancing. If you don’t already know how to square dance, perhaps this holiday is the day to learn. “Do Si Do” everybody.

National Chocolates Day

National Chocolates Day is celebrated each year on November 29th. You needn’t be a master chocolatier to deduce that this holiday celebrates chocolates in general – the many varieties of chocolate treats that you normally buy at your favorite confectioner’s shop for numerous special occasions throughout the year.
If it seems like we celebrate a chocolate-related holiday every month, it’s because we do. Farmflavor.com has compiled a comprehensive list of them. Since I have covered the history and origins of chocolate in previous posts, I won’t bother to do it again here. However, if you want a refresher course on the subject, this link should suffice.
To quote a famous line from the 1994 movie Forest Gump;

“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” 

So, to celebrate National Chocolates Day, buy a box of chocolates today and share them with your family.

National Lemon Cream Pie Day 

National Lemon Cream Pie Day is celebrated annually on November 29th. Even if you aren’t a pâtissier, you should be able to ascertain that this holiday celebrates lemon cream pie – a popular, tangy, refreshing variety of cream pie.
Cream pies, in general, are among America’s favorite desserts. Chocolate, banana, strawberry, and coconut are traditional favorites, but today’s holiday specifically celebrates their lemon-flavored cousin. Lemon Cream Pie is a tart, but sweet dessert usually made with a lemon custard and topped with [often lemon flavored] whipped cream.
Alas, Lemon cream Pie is often overshadowed by its [not too distant] relative, Lemon Meringue Pie, but, in fact, they are actually quite different in both flavor, texture, and of course, the topping. Many people often incorrectly use the terms ‘cream’ and ‘meringue’ interchangeably, as the waitress did in this personal anecdote below.

In my travels as an over-the-road truck driver, I seldom ordered dessert, but on this occasion, I was craving a piece of chocolate cream pie, so I ordered a slice.
The waitress brought me a piece chocolate pie topped with meringue.
When I told her that I ordered chocolate cream pie, not chocolate meringue pie, the waitress then actually said to me: “cream, meringue, what’s the difference?”
I replied: “I don’t know. What’s the difference between a cow and a chicken?” — I told her to take it back and bring me my check.

Anyway, I digress. Treat yourself to a slice of tasty and refreshing lemon cream pie today in celebration of National Lemon Cream Pie Day. Just be sure that it is lemon cream pie – not lemon meringue!

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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