Julianne Hott, 9
20 percent off! 30 percent off! Buy one get one free! A whopping 50 percent off! These are the types of mega deals that are available during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These two major shopping days are perfect for getting all of the holiday shopping done considering they are amazing deals offered during the season.
The term Black Friday originated in 1869. It was not related to the shopping season, and actually was talking about two men who bought most of the country’s gold supply with the plan to sell it at unbelievably large prices. What happened instead was a huge crash in the stock market, and that day was named Black Friday.
When stores were operating at a loss, they would record their sales in red ink. The day after Thanksgiving, when holiday shopping began, they would begin to earn profit, and would switch their ink color to black, thus coining Black Friday. However, with technology on the rise, is Black Friday as popular as it once was or is it Cyber Monday’s turn in the spotlight?
Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving. It is similar to Black Friday, however, the sales are online. Some major online retailers include Amazon and Ebay. Some huge upsides to shopping online include the fact that it can be done while commuting or while in bed. In short, it can be done without leaving the house and while multitasking.
There was a study done by blackfriday.org, which stated that the two main things that people are looking to buy on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are clothes and technology. People are looking for toys more on Black Friday and smart home items on Cyber Monday. According to the same study, 15 percent of Black Friday shoppers head out at dawn to wait in lines, while 17 percent wait until midday to head to stores so the lines can die down. A whopping 68 percent percent do their Black Friday shopping online. Lastly, the study concluded that each shopper will spend an average of $57 more on Black Friday than on Cyber Monday!
What do you think: Is Cyber Monday the next big thing?
Camille Ryder, 10
In October at Robious Middle school, conflict arose about songs mentioning Jesus in their chorus. It was decided that no songs mentioning Jesus or anything sacred would be performed. While those involved did not mean to make a fuss about the issue, they simply wanted to allow the middle schools to keep an open mind about religion. Is excluding sacred words and ideas from Christmas celebrations too much? Is it being contradictory when mainly aiming exclusions toward Christianity? Is our society becoming more politically concerned?
It is understandable that now especially our schools want to represent all cultures -- we are in a new era with more acceptance than ever. However, some may say excluding divinities from children’s concerts is too harsh, and it is impossible to represent and please everyone. Some feel that the exclusion of songs is targeted to Christianity because of its current prominence. A resolution that James River has come to is to perform songs at its upcoming winter revels concert that offer a more broad spectrum on the holidays. We were also asked if any of the songs we are performing make us uncomfortable, and if they did to talk to our teachers.
All of these concerts and events, even though labeled with Holiday, sometimes seem like Christmas with the title taken away. How far should political correctness go? Religion is prevalent in the world, and even though conflict can arise from differences, it still happens. Not talking about religion could be considered censoring, and if we don’t talk about issues like this, then they will never be resolved.