History UsefulNotes / ChristmasInAmerica

23rd Mar '16 6:57:05 PM karstovich2
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** Among some Catholic families, Christmas Eve dinner is a big deal. Among America's very large Catholic population of at least partial Italian descent, this dinner ideally consists of twelve fishes, one for each of the Apostles, generally including ''baccalà'' (dried salted cod).

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** Among some Catholic families, Christmas Eve dinner is a big deal. Among deal, ideally consisting of twelve fishes, one for each of the Apostles. This changes a bit among America's very large Catholic population of at least partial Italian descent, this where it changes to a dinner ideally consists of twelve fishes, one for each of the Apostles, generally including ''seven'' fishes (nobody's quite sure why), and invariably includes ''baccalà'' (dried salted cod).
23rd Mar '16 6:53:42 PM karstovich2
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** Among some Catholic families, Christmas Eve dinner is a big deal, ideally consisting of twelve fishes, one for each of the Apostles.

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** Among some Catholic families, Christmas Eve dinner is a big deal, deal. Among America's very large Catholic population of at least partial Italian descent, this dinner ideally consisting consists of twelve fishes, one for each of the Apostles.Apostles, generally including ''baccalà'' (dried salted cod).
23rd Mar '16 6:51:06 PM karstovich2
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** ''Cyber Monday:'' The first weekday following Black Friday, this day represents the official beginning of the online Christmas shopping season and corresponds with a spike in online sales (and a momentary drop in productivity). Retailers tend to offer price reductions and/or free shipping for the week following Cyber Monday. Despite the [[TechnologyMarchesOn outdated]] name, this "holiday" is a fairly recent creation; the name was coined in 2005.

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** ''Cyber Monday:'' The first weekday following Black Friday, this day represents the official beginning of the online Christmas shopping season and corresponds with a spike in online sales (and a momentary drop in productivity).productivity) as office workers (or at least, office workers with inadequate or nonexistent employer controls on their browsers) shop instead of work on their computers. Retailers tend to offer price reductions and/or free shipping for the week following Cyber Monday. Despite the [[TechnologyMarchesOn outdated]] name, this "holiday" is a fairly recent creation; the name was coined in 2005.
9th Mar '16 3:24:08 AM C2
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** ''Small Business Saturday'': This critter first showed its nose in 2011 and promotes patronizing small/local businesses on the day after Black Friday. Perhaps it allows consumers to assuage their guilt over macing another customer in a big box store on the previous day?

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** ''Small Business Saturday'': This critter (created by credit card issuing bank American Express) first showed its nose in 2011 and promotes patronizing small/local businesses on the day after Black Friday. Perhaps it allows consumers to assuage their guilt over macing another customer in a big box store on the previous day?
9th Mar '16 3:20:52 AM C2
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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Channels like Lifetime (which takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]]) and Hallmark Channel produce their own Christmas films each year and have been at it long enough that they just hand over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies. In TheNewTens they tend to start airing in November. Most of these are based on a simple concept (a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy set during the season, the various permutations of SavingChristmas, etc.) or a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films) and tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels run popular theatrical Christmas movies: TBS famously runs a 24-hour marathon of ''AChristmasStory'' starting in prime time on Christmas Eve. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''{{Elf}}'', ''MiracleOn34thStreet'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} runs it.

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* '''Christmas Movies:''' If you're a TV channel -- especially a cable channel -- wanting more than just specials to fill up airtime, themed movies are an option. Channels like Lifetime (which takes a break from its [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek usual formula]]) and Hallmark Channel produce their own Christmas films each year and have been at it long enough that they just hand over prime time and the weekends to both reruns and newbies. In TheNewTens they tend to start airing in November. Most of these are based on a simple concept (a lovable dog brings a family together, a RomanticComedy set during the season, the various permutations of SavingChristmas, etc.) or a pre-existing property ("The Christmas Shoes" song launched a trilogy of films) and tend to be a rich well of SnarkBait. Other channels run popular theatrical Christmas movies: TBS famously runs a 24-hour marathon of ''AChristmasStory'' starting in prime time on Christmas Eve. ''Scrooged'' and other movies based off ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'', ''{{Elf}}'', ''MiracleOn34thStreet'', and ''Film/DieHard'' (you can't say it isn't a Christmas movie!) are also wildly popular. Back in the 1970s, ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' became VindicatedByHistory when it was virtually public domain and seemingly every TV channel in the country ran it as inexpensive holiday-themed programming. Nowadays, only Creator/{{NBC}} (and its sister networks) runs it.
26th Dec '15 12:11:04 PM jlunatic
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** The Applegate [[BaconAddiction Bacon]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qqnk5jy2bA Yule Log]].
16th Dec '15 6:57:11 PM Chariset
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* '''ChristmasCreep:''' The American national holiday of Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday in November - Black Friday is the day immediately afterwards. Many consider Thanksgiving as the start of the Christmas season, and many Americans get annoyed about Christmas decorations and displays going up before Thanksgiving hits - because "Christmas" lasts practically a month already.
* '''Black Friday:''' While Christmas merchandise and decorations now begin to appear in stores in mid-October, if not earlier [[note]]and many department stores like JC Penney ship their holiday catalog as early as ''[[UpToEleven September]]''...[[/note]], actual Christmas ''sales'' formally launch the day after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, which falls on the fourth Thursday in November. Stores open in the wee hours of the morning -- 5 a.m. was once common, but in TheNewTens the start is often midnight or earlier. In 2012, several major national chain stores began their sales on the evening of ''Thanksgiving Day'', and in 2013 more followed suit. These sales are attractive because they offer deep discounts on popular items, with a catch: there are not enough of those items for everyone to get one. The result can be chaos -- a ZergRush of determined shoppers storms in to snag must-have items the minute the doors open, paying no heed to the safety of anyone in their way.\\

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* '''ChristmasCreep:''' The While the semi-official start of the American national holiday of Christmas season is the Friday after Thanksgiving is always on the (the fourth Thursday of November), festive merchandise usually starts appearing in November - Black Friday is the day immediately afterwards. Many consider Thanksgiving stores as soon as the start of the Christmas season, and many Halloween stuff is cleared away. Many Americans get annoyed about Christmas decorations and displays going up before Thanksgiving hits - because Thanksgiving, since "Christmas" lasts practically a month already.
* '''Black Friday:''' While As noted above, Christmas merchandise and decorations now begin to appear in stores in mid-October, if not earlier [[note]]and many department stores like JC Penney ship their holiday catalog as early as ''[[UpToEleven September]]''...[[/note]], actual Christmas ''sales'' sales formally launch the day after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, which falls on the fourth Thursday in November. making that Friday a flashpoint of holiday shopping. Stores usually open in the wee hours of the morning very early -- 5 a.m. was once common, common -- but in TheNewTens the start is often a trend began to open on Thanksgiving Day itself, midnight or earlier. In 2012, several major national chain stores began their Black Friday (or 'Grey Thursday') sales on the evening of ''Thanksgiving Day'', and in 2013 more followed suit. These sales are attractive because they offer attract shoppers by offering deep discounts on popular items, with a catch: though of course there are will not be enough of those items stock for everyone to get one. everyone. The result can be chaos chaotic -- a ZergRush of determined shoppers storms storming in to snag must-have items the minute the doors open, paying no heed to the safety of anyone in their way.\\



The name is thought to come from the expression "in the black," which means turning a profit; these sales often secure a store's fortunes for the year. However, in recent years the "black" has come to indicate the [[DarkIsEvil darker side of the day]]. These sales are SeriousBusiness to many people, to the point that fights have broken out at them -- there have even been occasional ''deaths'' since 2008, including an incident involving anxious shoppers stampeding into a store the moment a worker opened the doors, ''trampling the employee to death''. Even before that the term often had rather a different meaning to actual employees, who regard it with all the dread of [[TheGreatDepression Black Sunday]]; even when people don't get killed, physical assault is not as uncommon as one might expect (a notorious 2011 incident in California had a shopper unleashing ''pepper spray'' on her rivals).

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The Some say the name is thought to come comes from the expression "in the black," which means turning a profit; these sales often secure a store's fortunes for the year. However, in recent years the year. Retail workers and other employees are more likely to regard it as a black day, a day to dread -- and indeed, "black" has come to indicate does describe the [[DarkIsEvil darker side of the day]]. These sales are SeriousBusiness to many people, to the point that fights have broken out at them -- there have even been occasional ''deaths'' since 2008, including an incident involving wherein anxious shoppers stampeding stampeded into a store the moment a worker it opened, knocking down and ''fatally trampling'' the hapless employee who opened the doors, ''trampling the employee to death''. doors. Even before that the term often had rather a different meaning to actual employees, who regard it with all the dread of [[TheGreatDepression Black Sunday]]; even when people don't get killed, physical assault is not as uncommon as one might expect (a notorious 2011 incident in California had a shopper unleashing ''pepper spray'' on her rivals).
17th Nov '15 5:15:18 AM C2
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** Christmas Day itself is a busy day at movie theaters, so several big-ticket releases usually open on the day or in time to hopefully cash in. Christmas-''themed'' movies usually open in November to capitalize on seasonal excitement. (If a Christmas movie hits big, it can run for weeks on end; of course, due to its theme, it won't get a home release until a full year later, while most movies make it to DVD, etc. in 4-6 months in TheNewTens). The final two months of the year are traditionally flush with big-ticket family films and OscarBait. (Academy rules require a film have opened in a Los Angeles County theater for one week in the calendar year that is being submitted for, and as Christmas Day is a week before New Year's Day, several films run there and in New York that week before expanding in the new year.)

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** Christmas Day itself is a busy day at movie theaters, so several big-ticket releases usually open on the day or in time to hopefully cash in. Christmas-''themed'' movies usually open in November to capitalize on seasonal excitement. (If a Christmas movie hits big, it can run for weeks on end; of course, due to its theme, it won't get a home release until a full year later, while most movies make it to DVD, etc. in 4-6 months in TheNewTens). The final two months of the year are traditionally flush with big-ticket family films and OscarBait. (Academy rules require a film to have opened exhibited in a Los Angeles County theater for one week in the calendar year that is being submitted for, and as Christmas Day is a week before New Year's Day, several films run there and in New York that week before expanding in the new year.)
17th Nov '15 5:14:29 AM C2
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** Christmas Day itself is a busy day at movie theaters, so several big-ticket releases usually open on the day or in time to hopefully cash in. Christmas-''themed'' movies usually open in November to capitalize on seasonal excitement. (If a Christmas movie hits big, it can run for weeks on end; of course, due to its theme, it won't get a home release until a full year later, while most movies make it to DVD, etc. in 4-6 months in TheNewTens). The final two months of the year are traditionally flush with big-ticket family films and OscarBait.

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** Christmas Day itself is a busy day at movie theaters, so several big-ticket releases usually open on the day or in time to hopefully cash in. Christmas-''themed'' movies usually open in November to capitalize on seasonal excitement. (If a Christmas movie hits big, it can run for weeks on end; of course, due to its theme, it won't get a home release until a full year later, while most movies make it to DVD, etc. in 4-6 months in TheNewTens). The final two months of the year are traditionally flush with big-ticket family films and OscarBait. (Academy rules require a film have opened in a Los Angeles County theater for one week in the calendar year that is being submitted for, and as Christmas Day is a week before New Year's Day, several films run there and in New York that week before expanding in the new year.)
13th Oct '15 11:28:12 AM KingLyger
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[ChristmasSongs Try giving them some figgy pudding. Maybe they'll go away.]]]]



* '''[[ChristmasSongs Christmas Music]]:''' While the UK phenomenon of the "Christmas Number One" is not repeated in the US, many recording artists bring out at least one Christmas-themed album in their careers. The appeal of making a Christmas album is obvious: if you come up with a classic (say, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Creator/MariahCarey), you might as well have a license to print money. In the past decade, it has become common for certain radio stations to switch to an all-Christmas music format right after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, not letting up until the end of Christmas Day. Depending on the station's usual audience, the playlists can range from traditional carols and hymns to popular tunes to a mix of the two. In the past couple of decades a phenomenon has emerged of hijacking non-Christmas songs: notably "My Favorite Things" and "The Marvelous Toy" have joined the lineup of ChristmasSongs.

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* '''[[ChristmasSongs Christmas Music]]:''' While the UK phenomenon of the "Christmas Number One" is not repeated in the US, many recording artists bring out at least one Christmas-themed album in their careers. The appeal of making a Christmas album is obvious: if you come up with a classic (say, "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Creator/MariahCarey), you might as well have a license to print money. Some of the songs that play on the radio have been in the Christmas music rotation since ''UsefulNotes/TheFifties'', or even longer. In the past decade, it has become common for certain radio stations to switch to an all-Christmas music format right after UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay, not letting up until the end of Christmas Day. Depending on the station's usual audience, the playlists can range from traditional carols and hymns to popular tunes to a mix of the two. In the past couple of decades a phenomenon has emerged of hijacking non-Christmas songs: notably "My Favorite Things" and "The Marvelous Toy" have joined the lineup of ChristmasSongs.
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