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Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:44

Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Our Newest Statutory Holidays?

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Our Newest Statutory Holidays? by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. I hope everyone has survived the past week with the onslaught of urgent e-mail messages flooding our Inboxes and advertising flyers bloating our newspapers touting Black Friday & Cyber Monday’s fantastic deals that we can’t live without.

For a county like Canada where our national credo is “We’re like Americans … only nicer!” we sure are fickle when it comes to embracing American culture and traditions. There is no doubt about it, spending money, doesn’t matter if we actually have it or not, has become a tradition and part of our North American culture.

It feels to me that Black Friday & Cyber Monday have been around for ever. But not so! Cyber Monday, according to Wikipedia, my go-to place for all answers, says that the term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005, in a Shop.org press release entitled “Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.

Black Friday, on the other hand had its roots as a day of stock market catastrophe. Originally, September 24, 1869, was deemed Black Friday. The crash was sparked by gold speculators.

I find it intriguing how a financial catastrophe can morph into an event to lose even more of our personal savings. Black Friday is the Friday following the American Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) and has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US, and most major retailers open very early and offer promotional sales according to Wikipedia.

Perhaps it is time that we Canadians raised the bar on celebrating spending money. I propose that Black Friday and Cyber Monday be declared national statutory holidays by an act of Parliament. The extended four day weekend would allow us extra time for attacking our local retailers in mass and then we can spend the Monday tapping away at our keyboards spending even more money. We wouldn’t even have to dress or leave home! For those of us with jobs that actually pay us for not working on statutory holidays it would provide us extra money to spend at businesses of those that don’t.

Sounds like a win-spend-win situation to me. What do you think?



Top photo credit Steve Snodgrass via Flickr CC.


Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 27+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the personal/professional self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.


Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books, paperbacks and on-line courses:


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The Savvy EmceeThe Savvy Emcee: How to be a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth

You're Hired! Job Search Strategies That WorkYou're Hired! Job Search Strategies That Work: Available as an easily downloadable e-book or as an on-line e-course.

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Working With Words:Working With Words: Adding Life to Your Oral Presentations

Blow Your Own Horn! Blow Your Own Horn! Personal Branding for Business Professionals

Make it Safe!Make it Safe! A Family Caregiver's Home Safety Assessment Guide for Supporting Elders@Home


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