I've always found it a bit odd that two countries side-by-side have two distinct shopping opportunities that the opposite does not really "celebrate".
What gives? Frankly, to me the Boxing Day thing makes sense, as most are still going to buy presents before, but Black Friday in the US sure tells the masses in a grand way (near riots at midnight opening etc.) that it's time to start unloading your wallet. It's November 23rd this year.
Black Friday is not actually a holiday, but some non-retail employers give their employees the day off, increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005, although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate, have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time.
Black Friday (shopping) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I'm going to guess that the busiest shopping day of the year here is... the last non-X-mas-Eve Saturday before X-mas?
Customers who walk into Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada this weekend will no longer hear the faint strains of Christmas music -- at least for now.
The pharmacy chain announced in a message on its Facebook page that it was suspending the playing of Christmas music in its stores ‘until further notice.”
That came after a barrage of complaints from customers who said the chain had begun playing the tunes entirely too soon.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.c...2#ixzz2BAjHN05l
I love what gets people worked up. Another thing Canadians like to complain about is the NHL season lasting too long. "Next thing you know they'll be playing hockey in July!". Er, so? But, are Shoppers all corporate or are they franchises? If I was the owner or manager, I might just not act on the directive from head office. What are they going to do, send around a music inspector? Or is the music streamed from head office?