All the news media was screaming this morning that today was some big day; Cyber Monday! According to Wikipedia, this day is “the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the United States between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
Wow! Now that’s some major event! Created, of course, by none other than National Retail Federation’s Shop.org division hoping to get you to log on and buy something.
So, for future planning, Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday, which is the day after Turkey Day. Which, of course, is more commonly known as Thanksgiving Day. And Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in the month of November in the United States, celebrated on the first Monday in October in Canada. Raise your hand if you’ve got it.
Another faux holiday! Just what we need here in America. Another reason to get your credit card out and spend. Let’s list some of those other faux holidays, often sarcastically known as Hallmark holidays for their crass commercialism.
- Cyber Monday
- Black Friday
- Sweetest Day
- Administrative Professional’s Day (used to be Secretary’s Day)
- Boss’s Day
- Halloween (getting up there, buy your candy and costume now)
- Valentine’s Day (can’t buy your diamonds too soon)
Now that all the hoopla is over, we can get down to the real business of shopping for Christmas.