‘Tis the Shopping Season

December 2, 2019

Pat Maurer

Well as of today, “Black Friday,” the Christmas shopping season is officially upon us.

According to my calendar, counting today, we now have 29 days left to get the Christmas shopping done and wrap the presents for the big day.

We were talking about it today [Tuesday] at lunch and wondering why it is called “Black Friday,” so I got on the trusty internet this afternoon and here is what I found:

“Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The term dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast. …

The origin of the name, “Black Friday” historically comes from the retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season. Back in the day when accounting records were kept by hand, red ink indicated financial loss while black ink indicated profit, thus coining the popular fiscal terms of being “in the red,” (losing money) or “in the black” (profitable).”

Actually Black Friday is not the most profitable day of the year for retailers. That day is still Christmas Eve according to my information – probably because that is the favorite day of procrastinators like me. I think there are a lot more of us around than those perfectly organized Christmas season shoppers and party planners you are always reading about.

Now you know just as much as I do about it all.

As usual I haven’t started much for the big day yet. I have picked up a couple of Christmas ornaments (everybody in the family gets one every year), and I have a few ideas for our last under 18 granddaughter (in March she will reach that ripe old age and become an “adult) and for our four great grandkids ranging from 1 ½ to nine years old. Other than Christmas gifts for those, these days all of the adults buy one gift and exchange those gifts during our crazy gift party on Christmas Eve, So far, I don’t have a clue on what to get for that yet! Jack provides one and I provide one – with a cash limit of course.

Since we celebrate Thanksgiving in our family tomorrow (Saturday) I won’t have much time to enjoy Clare’s Shop Small Saturday this year, but I plan to do as much of our shopping as possible right around home again this year.

Since the businesses and community has supported the newspaper all of these years, we like to return the favor and skip the big box stores whenever possible.

Shopping locally not only saves gas, it keeps more than half of your dollars right in your own community and helps to enrich the businesses and support jobs here, all very important for keeping our small community vibrant.

The shopping season isn’t always a happy one, however when about 25 percent of our county residents are living below the poverty level. We need to remember those who won’t find this Christmas season joyous.

It’s a fact that Christmas is a tough time for many, and the newspaper also likes to “give back,” so once again this year the Review is sponsoring the Christmas Wish Program. All of the details are in this issue, but basically readers write in and tell us what they need most to make their Christmas a good one. The best of those letters are taken out to area businesses who provide money and donations to fulfill many of those Christmas wishes. Many individuals add their help to by providing donations too and over the years, the program has helped hundreds of local families.

According to Editor Mike, the Review has a goal to “help at least 100 families this year,” with everyone’s help of course…

I have no doubt that goal will be reached. Clare County, although small, is known for its generosity in helping others less fortunate at Christmas time and throughout the year.

It’s one of the reasons it is such a great place to live. I know we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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