Christmas shopping? Love it or hate it!

Hi guys, it’s good to have you back! Here’s another post from your (hopefully) “inspired” English teacher 🙂 Today we’ll talk about Christmas shopping and we’ll look at some useful vocabulary (in bold).

Have you already been on a Christmas shopping spree (= when you buy lots of things in a short period of time)? Do you like Christmas shopping? Do you like receiving and giving presents? Or maybe you just hate the crowded shops and shopping centres…

We’ve already had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, while Boxing Day is coming soon loaded with more shopping offers!!

But what are all these names: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day? So confusing…!

Actually not, I’ll explain them all to you!

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the USA (nowadays everywhere around the world), seen as the first days of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is a day off, so many people don’t go to work, therefore shops make special offers to encourage bargain hunters to buy, buy and buy! A bargain is when you get a good deal (you find a good quality product for a reasonable or a low price). So a bargain hunter is a person that hunts for bargains!

You may be wondering why it’s called Black Monday and not another colour?! When you talk about finance, to be in red means to lose money, so colour black has a positive connotation and refers to saving money 😉 Yeah, right!

Cyber Monday is the online equivalent of Black Monday and it’s the Monday following Thanksgiving Day. While Black Monday dates back to the 1950s, Cyber Monday dates back only to 2005! Wow, not so long ago… But why Monday and not Saturday or Sunday, when people are free? On Monday people are at work, so how can they go shopping? They like to shop online from their office on their laptops or tablets!

Boxing Day is the first day after Christmas, so it always falls on the 26th December and it’s a British tradition, later exported to Canada, New Zealand and Australia – not to the USA, though. The name comes definitely from “boxes”, but it’s not really clear what kind of boxes, maybe gift boxes or money collecting boxes. What is clear is that it was a charity related tradition – in the Victorian era, after serving their employers on Christmas Day, staff were given a box of leftover food and a day off to spend with their families the day after Christmas, on 26th December.

Traditionally Boxing Day is spent eating turkey and drinking with family and friends, but in our consumerist society, Boxing Day means huge sales and more shopping! So sad, IMHO (in my honest opinion…) 😦

Have you found a really good bargain? Did you buy something which was good value for money? Write to me in the comments down below and stay tuned for my next posts!

PS: Careful not to get caught up in the hype! 😉 (hype is something that seems more exciting than it actually is)


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