Black Friday, Green Monday, and the rest of the rainbow of shopping madness

Dear readers and followers,

December has just started, Christmas is still quite far away, but we have already had our dose of mad shopping and there is plenty more to come, and they have names that make you lose your wish to enter a shop ever again. Do you know when the special days dedicated to offers and shopping are and what they are called. Would you like to know so you can avoid them because people shopping seriously annoy you? Welcome to my world, let us see them briefly. If you are about my age, you will remember when the sales were price reductions starting the day after the Epiphany, that is 7 January, and lasting until the end of February to start again in July for other two months. It does not work like that anymore, the beginning of the new millennium brought constant sales with special days in which the products are incredibly cheap.

The most known may be Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. In the States (but now also in Europe, where it does not make any sense because we do not celebrate Thanksgiving,) the fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving; the day after marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping and, despite the fact that is not an official holiday, it is a day off work for several working categories in some states, which makes it possible to have a long weekend of shopping right before December starts. The name Black Friday seems to mean that the shop would finally start making profit and their accounts would switch from red to black. We are recently expanding the event to the whole weekend and more.

Cyber Monday is the Monday after the Black Friday weekend and is dedicated to online shopping since ten years. It was created by Shop.org, while eBay created Green Monday, usually the second Monday of December but, in general, at least ten days before Christmas.

Free Shipping Day is the third Monday of December and was created some years after the previous ones with the objective of expanding the online shopping season. It is also typically American because it is based on free shipping in continental US, but it is now expanding very fast.

Super Saturday, also called Panic Saturday, is the last Saturday before Christmas and has, once again, been created to push Christmas sales when time is almost over. Another horrible day is Boxing Day, the day after Christmas in which people queue outside the shopping centres starting in the first hours of the morning, that is when is still night, just to have some discounts. To avoid that sad situation, now the sales last the whole week, not only on 26, but the nonsensical queues don’t seem to have changed much. The name of Boxing day comes from the boxes that the workers would receive from their employers the day after Christmas.

Do you think you have heard everything? Well, there is also Singles’ Day. Created in 1993, the 11 November to be precise, is also called Bachelors’ Day and started in China, not in the US, for once, to celebrate the pride of young Chinese people to be single. The date was chosen because 11/11 reminds of individuals standing alone; in fact, the Chinese name translates as “bare sticks holiday.” Started as a festival, this day is now a huge day of online shopping so, maybe, this young people may be proud, but they do not struck me as happy in being single!

Do you think all hope is lost in our consumeristic society? I would say yes, but we still pretend we care and in 2012 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation created Giving Tuesday as a response to consumerism. In this day, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, money is raised to help selected charities. It seems just another empty day to show the world that we care as if donations and charitable work could be worth more if done in that special day despite the rest of the year wasting and spending, instead of doing a simple, silent good action whenever we feel like, but then, this is just me being cynic, you know me. Moralism is not the point of this post, the aim is to clarify all the names that we hear out there and push us to buy, or they try at least. I hope you have a clearer idea now.

Don’t forget: Keep being naughty, Knotty surely will!!!

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