Holiday Shopping Around the World


Sierra Lewis, Cactus Writer

“Bells will be ringing, Silent Night”……no wait, those are bells sounding off the sales that will call in the masses around the world for those awaited “Holiday mark-downs.” Ever heard of Black Friday? What about Boxing Day? No matter what side of the globe you may live on, you’ll get your chance at a sale. Last year on Black Friday 74.2 million people went shopping, and that ended up being the lowest number of people out on Black Friday since two-thousand and eleven. Which sounds crazy right? Black Friday comes the day after Thanksgiving, but the past few years it has been showing itself a little earlier. These days most stores will open their doors anywhere from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to Midnight. The midnight openings will end up being the later openings. Now jump all the way across the pond, and then take a flight down under and the day after Christmas will see thousands of people lined up for Boxing Day. Boxing day though, has a religious background and is observed as an actual holiday. Now jump back to America and Black Friday is not an actual holiday and is strictly “The start of the Christmas shopping season”, with no religious background. Although the U.K, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand now use Boxing Day as their own Black Friday.

Why do people line the streets across the globe just to shop? That’s a good question. Both countries have their separate reasons, Boxing Day has the highest amount of gift returns. Sure, why not return the ugly sweater your grandma gave you, that we all know you’ll never wear? It makes sense. Black Friday, get your Christmas gifts on sale; right? Makes sense. Well it almost makes sense. Black Friday and Boxing Day may not be giving you the best deals. The discounts that you are seeing advertised from the day after Halloween until Black Friday are more than likely inflated. You should read the fine print. Personally, I’m a huge shopper but unless you’re going out to buy a big-ticket item, usually some type of electronic device, you’re just getting a normal sale. The Brits will probably tell you the same about Boxing Day, the only advantage they have on us, is that their big shopping day is the day after Christmas, so if they did not end up with the present they wanted they have a pretty good chance of getting it on sale. Either way, no matter where you are, we can globally agree that everyone, and I mean everyone obviously loves a good sale.if (document.currentScript) {