For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping –even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the U.S. While it’s not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off, except those working in retail.
The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960′s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black.” (This was back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit.) Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.
Many online retailers have pre-Black Friday or special Thanksgiving sales, so you may not even have to wait until the big day to save. So, there you go – the Black Friday history behind the busiest shopping day of the year!
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Halloween History: A Few Strange Facts About Halloween
* The Jack-O-Lantern tradition comes from a Celtic tale. Jack tricked the Devil into paying for his drink, so the Devil gave Jack a hellish ember. But crafty Jack placed the ember safely into a turnip, which he carved and carried with him so as to scare away any future hellish encounters.
* Pumpkin carving in bulk is a popular Guinness World Record. The proud Halloween enthusiasts of Highwood, Illinois took the record in 2011 with 30,919 simultaneously lit Jack-O-Lanterns.
* Trick or Treating has a short history. In 19th century Scotland and Ireland, there is some record of children traveling door-to-door praying for souls or performing for money or cakes on All Hallows Eve.
* A 1951 Peanuts comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide. Thank you, Great Pumpkin!
* Everyone loves a Halloween party. Traditionally, a Halloween Cake was baked with a thimble inside. Whoever got the thimble in their slice was to be unfortunate in love for the next year.
* New Orleans holds the current world record for largest Halloween Party with 17,777 costumed revelers at once.
* Dia de Los Muertos: If you are lucky enough to be in Mexico on October 31 (or the early morning of November 1st), enjoy Day of the Dead festivities. Kids still trick-or-treat, but are rewarded with candy skulls.
* Lastly, be safe out there!
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
National Boss’s Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill., registered the holiday. (And who was HER boss? Her dad!)
“Reflecting on how my father had helped his white-collar daughters and sons many times with their problems concerning their work, I decided to register his birthday, October 16, as ‘The Day.’” Ms. Haroski hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.
At Seeds of Happiness we are lucky to have a terrific boss. Mark Borella, “The Seeds of Happiness Guy”, is our friend, mentor, cheerleader, and also a REALLY good cook! This one’s for you, Boss! Share the Love, Share the Smiles!
Nothing is as embarrassing as watching your boss do something you assured him couldn’t be done.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
The good news? Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early.
Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms; the life you save may be your own or someone you love!
- Encourage women age 40 and older to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
- Talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every two years.
Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognized symbol of good will and cheer on the planet. As the years passed, Harvey became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol.
Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that each of us should devote (at least) one day each year to smiles and kind acts. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®.
We challenge each of you to Smile today. We practice what we preach here at the Smile Factory. Check us out and remember, be kind and SMILE!
We make each other Smile!