So the Thanksgiving week is finally here and it doesn’t just mean a million dollar sale and shopping spree, but it also means that Christmas and the holiday season is around the corner. Being a Christian, I’ve always found myself running around the Thanksgiving week. With little time in hand, you have to visit your loved ones, cook, shop, not get exhausted and be camera ready as well. Unless you’re a ninja you’re bound to get a little overwhelmed. So, how do you go about enjoying your thanksgiving week with your hands full? The answer might be, a helping hand, some energy drink and multiple glasses of wine over turkey and pie to keep the spirit going, but it is also the gratitude and thankfulness one has with life and the essence of appreciating little things, that keeps us persistent. And why not, aren’t we grateful for all the blessings in life. If you’re not, start counting them.
So what is thanksgiving, black Friday and cyber Monday all about?
In North America, thanksgiving is an annual national holiday marked by religious ceremonies and a customary heavy meal. The holiday is in honor of a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621 and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. And on the second Monday in October, in Canada.
The day After Thanksgiving (Friday) is known as Black Friday. This also is unofficially or officially start of holiday shopping season. Black Friday Sales starts way before Friday-with some stores starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving day and some even starting on Wednesday.
In the United States, the Monday immediately following Thanksgiving or Black Friday, is referred to as Cyber Monday. Started by shop.org and first used in 2005, it is a busy day for online retailers as employees would return to work and shop online for the items they did not purchase on the preceding Black Friday.
Now that we all know what’s all the hype about thanksgiving, black Friday and Cyber Monday, let us also run through some fun facts about these days and why is it so widely celebrated.
What? No turkey and pumpkin pie for the first thanksgiving celebration.
Yes, you read that right. In fact, the first thanksgiving was celebrated for three days over eating, hunting and other entertainments. That thanksgiving feast in 1621 was made up of lobster, chestnuts, onions, leeks, dried fruit, cabbage, carrots, chicken, rabbit, honey, and maple syrup. There were no mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, or even corn. Basically, it was a dry day on a Saturday.
Whose land is it anyway
There are four places in the U.S with the name Turkey. The most populated is Louisiana’s Turkey Creek, with 440 residents. There’s also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona. Oh, did I forget to mention the two townships in Pennsylvania: the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot!
Gobble, Gobble? Only if you are a male turkey
Only male turkey, called toms, gobble. Female, called hens, cackle. Now you should know which gender you’re having for dinner. The toms, please!
Destined to be roasted
Those Turkey’s were doomed from birth. A turkey less than 12 weeks old is called a fryer-roaster
The term “black Friday” used to refer to stock market crashes in the 1800s
Although it is now known as the biggest shopping day in the US, the term “Black Friday” originally referred to very different events. The first time the term was used was on 24 September 1869, when two speculators, Jay Gould and James Fisk, tried to corner the gold market on the New York Stock Exchange. However, the government stepped in and flooded the market with gold, causing prices to fall and many investors to lose their fortunes.
Wanna go shopping?
Not if you’re a plumber. According to Roto-rooter, Black Friday is the busiest day for plumbers. After all, someone has to clean the mess right.
Black Friday wasn’t officially claimed to be the busiest shopping day of the year, until 2001
Although it’s often endorsed as the biggest shopping day of the year, the day didn’t earn the designation consistently until the 2000s. It was actually the Saturday before Christmas that beat it every year until 2001.
According to a survey conducted on behalf of the coupon site RetailMeNot, 12% of all Black Friday shoppers admit they hit the stores whilst under the influence of alcohol. Why not? Alcohol goes hand in hand with almost anything, why not shopping.
Wanna shell out all your money? Well, we have cyber Monday coming up
According to AP, Since 2010, cyber Monday is the highest online spending day. Kill your boring Monday blues by buying that pair of shoes you always wanted or that watch to gift your spouse or just buy the whole goddamn thing because Christmas is here.
Shopping, not working
If you were in the United States this week, will your heart allow you to work while the whole nation is crashing down on the biggest shopping spree of the year and that too on a Monday? 95% of the employed consumers shop while at work. Well, I am not surprised.
Well, worry not people, Kraftly doesn’t forget it’s shoppers. Though we didn’t get a Thanksgiving holiday, Kraftly is here to fill that disappointment with a bigger and better Black Friday sale. It’s Friday and its raining sale on our Website. Can you ask for anything more? Grab a beer and shop for your favorite winter wear with a Sale up to 75%.