Nanaimo Real Estate Blog
the numerous elves that work so hard to build toys for children, stables (for the reindeer, of course), and a gourmet kitchen to ensure that all of those cookies and hot chocolate are made to keep Santa in “Christmas shape” for the holidays? Well, if you look at some of the listings in the North Pole (referred to in MLS as Fairbanks, Alaska), it seems that Santa has been smart to set up his Christmas base in an area of reasonably priced homes and lots.
Have you ever noticed how we tend to greet each other with a smile, donate time or money to organizations or even spend time with family and friends baking during Christmas? Why does this holiday bring out the generous spirit in us? The word “generosity” dates back to its Latin translation “noble birth” and has transformed through the times into its present meaning of “liberality in giving”. Researchers have found that most people are generous during the holidays because it is the time of year that we connect with others socially – whether it is a Christmas party with co-workers, family returning home, or spending time with friends. When we feel connected to others, it increases our sense of empathy towards others – whether or not we know them.
Well, it is Black Friday and already Americans have found themselves involved in brawls and general mayhem as businesses attempt to lure Turkey-stuffed shoppers to their stores today to purchase Christmas gifts (or that 120" TV that you had to have). Of course, many media outlets are reporting that the best sales no longer take place on Black Friday, but on Cyber Monday, so frugal shoppers can snuggle in their PJ's and shop to their heart's content online for last minute steals. What causes the panic and violence that is often witnessed on Black Friday? Simply put, Black Friday was given its nickname by the Philadelphia Police Department to describe the panic and chaos they saw when hordes of pedestrians and cars crowded downtown Philadelphia the day after Thanksgiving in 1966. Retailers decided to use the term to their advantage and advertise deep discounts and incentive offers to the public, recognizing that being "in the black" in accounting terms represented profitability, as opposed to being "in the red" which signified loss.