"Black Friday is not another bad hair day in Wall Street. It's the term used by American retailers to describe the day after the Thanksgiving Holiday, seen as the semi-official start of Christmas shopping season." ~Evan Davis, English economist and journalist
Early last December I shared some personal thoughts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (12/4/17 - Post-Thanksgiving Ponderings) You may remember I do not do Black Friday! But I have become increasingly conscious of all the terms that seem to have grown around the Christmas shopping season.
Yesterday I noticed many emails announcing "Green Monday" deals from several retailers. Green Monday? What's that? So I did a search. In 2007, eBay coined it. I never noticed it before. It's described as the best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December.
So I made a list of all the hype terms I knew, or recently discovered:
Black Friday - which seems to start on Thanksgiving Day for some retailers
Black Friday weekend
Black Friday week
Small Business Saturday (I do patronize small businesses)
Cyber Monday week
Black Friday extended
Cyber Monday extended
Super Saturday/Panic Saturday - the Saturday before Christmas
I even discovered "Buy Nothing Day," organized in 1992 as an international day of protest against consumerism. It happens after the United States' Thanksgiving, sometime between Black Friday and the last Saturday in November. Something I never heard about. Go figure!
We are just two weeks away from Christmas Day. May your days be merry and bright, and may your focus be on the reason for the season.