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All Things Merry and Bright at Your Fingertips

Posted on Nov 27, 2019 in News.

According to our friends at Google, “Instead of the 32 shopping days we had last year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, we’re looking at only 26 days this year. That’s almost a full week less of peak shopping time.” Google also reports, “Holiday shopping isn’t just big in the U.S., U.K, and regions typically classified as Western markets. Black Friday is becoming bigger and bigger in the Middle East and North Africa as well.”

All month long we have been barraged with “early” Black Friday promotions, courting us to open our wallets sooner rather than later, and forego waiting until the big day on Friday, November 29th this year. But we all know that the real deals are yet to come, so we have collected resources to help you get the best bang for your buck. 

And speaking of bucks, or at least reindeer, the holiday season is nothing without family television favorites such as “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” so we are also providing a schedule of your favorites and ours in holiday television and movies. 

Hungry? Whether you are looking for a place to eat or looking for a place for last-minute takeout food, we have your taste buds covered. We tracked down all the restaurants that are open on holidays when most others are not. 

Before we dive in, bookmark this bad boy, as we found the master of all holiday programming calendars. 

Now fasten your sleigh belt, because here we go!

The Holiday Highlights

“Will & Grace Kick-Start Thanksgiving”

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7240898/

“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”

https://www.macys.com/social/parade/

“Friends: The One With All the Thanksgivings”

https://friends.fandom.com/wiki/The_One_With_All_The_Thanksgivings 

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/20/entertainment/friends-turkey-mask-halloween-trnd/index.html

“Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/25/entertainment/charlie-brown-thanksgiving-how-to-watch-trnd/index.html

What to Buy and What to Skip On Black Friday

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/black-friday-what-to-buy-skip/

Toys For All The Good Girls and Boys

https://www.today.com/shop/best-black-friday-toy-deals-2019-t168164

Festivus 

https://festivusweb.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX55AzGku5Y 

White Sales

https://www.dealnews.com/features/When-Are-White-Sales/#:~:targetText=What%20Is%20a%20White%20Sale,normally%20slow%20time%20of%20year.

Home Alone: Tune in or stream it 

https://www.tvguide.com/movies/home-alone/tv-listings/128202/

Parades

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

The Calendar

Thanksgiving

The Overview:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Thanksgiving-Day

The Date: 

Thursday, November 28th

The Memorable Media: 

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/g4684/family-thanksgiving-movies/

https://christmastvschedule.com/

https://privateautobiography.com/a-timeless-thanksgiving-tradition/

Football

NFL Football

College Football

The Stores: 

https://bestblackfriday.com/blog/stores-open-on-thanksgiving-day-2019/

The Restaurants: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/thanksgiving-ideas/a46669/restaurants-open-thanksgiving/ker-barrel-5

Black Friday

The Overview:

https://www.thebalance.com/why-is-it-called-black-friday-3305712

The Date:

Friday, November 29th

The Guides:

https://blackfriday.com/

https://www.theblackfriday.com/

https://www.cnet.com/holiday-gift-guide/black-friday/

Small Business Saturday

The Overview:

Shop small and shop local by supporting your main street retailers. What better way to give back to your community this holiday shopping season than to shop within the community itself! 

The Date:

Saturday, November 30th

The Guide:

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small

Cyber Monday

The Overview:

https://www.rd.com/culture/history-of-cyber-monday/

The Date:

Monday, December 2nd

The Guide:

https://www.techradar.com/cyber-monday/cyber-monday-2019

Free Shipping Day

The Overview:

https://www.freeshippingday.com/

The Date:

Saturday, December 14th

Chanukah

The Overview:

https://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/default_cdo/jewish/Hanukkah.htm

The Date:

Chanukah begins Sunday night, Dec. 22, 2019 and continues through Monday, December 30, 2019

The Guide:

https://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-Is-Hanukkah.htm

Christmas Eve

The Overview:

https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/christmaseve.shtml

The Date:

Tuesday, December 24th

The Memorable Media:

https://christmastvschedule.com/

https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas

https://christmastvschedule.com/

Christmas Day

The Overview:

https://www.history.com/topics/christmas

The Date:

Wednesday, December 25th

The Memorable Media:

https://christmastvschedule.com/

https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas

https://christmastvschedule.com/

The Stores:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/a24478962/what-stores-are-open-on-christmas-day/

The Restaurants: 

https://www.tripsavvy.com/which-restaurants-are-open-on-christmas-day-4118217

Kwanzaa

The Overview:

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

The Date:

For seven days beginning on December 26 and lasting through January 1, African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa

https://www.almanac.com/content/when-is-kwanzaa#

New Year’s Eve

The Overview: 

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years

The Date:

Tuesday, December 31st

The Restaurants: 

https://www.countryliving.com/life/g25321672/restaurants-open-new-years-day/

New Year’s Day

The Overview: 

https://wilstar.com/holidays/newyear.htm

The Date:

Wednesday, January 1st

The Restaurants: 

https://www.countryliving.com/life/g25321672/restaurants-open-new-years-day/

retail shopping

The Shopping & Shipping & Strategies & Suggestions

Online Deals

https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/saving/christmas-shopping-online

https://www.rakuten.com/

https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=gbpp_itr_m-5_fe68_ALLDEALS?node=384082011&ie=UTF8

https://gmadeals.com/

https://clarkdeals.com/

Shipping Deadlines

https://dealhack.com/holiday-shipping-deadlines

Recycle/Reuse/Repurpose/Reinvent

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/why-reusing-and-repurposing-is-better-than-recycling/

Consignment is key to this idea.  With clothing, accessories, and shoes, consignment shops are keen on offering great deals, supporting local charities and use keep in mind the promise of sustainability.   

Used Stuff is The Next Big Trend in Christmas Shopping

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-11-15/vintage-pre-owned-christmas-shopping-trend 

How A Booming Resale Business Could Lead The Future of Sustainable Fashion

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/09/8356152/resale-sustainable-market

Handmade Gifts

https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/tips/g645/crafty-christmas-presents-ideas/

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/gift-ideas/g1266/handmade-gifts/

https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/55-crafty-handmade-gift-ideas-pictures

https://privateautobiography.com/

Oprah’s Favorite Things

https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a29537594/oprah-favorite-things-2019/

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