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Datebook: November 25 – Black Friday

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Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is not actually a holiday, but many non-retail employers give their employees the day off, increasing the number of potential shoppers. The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Later, an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black.”

It’s Friday, November 25

Tomorrow it’s Christmas in 1850 at the Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes. From 1 to 4 there are traditional decorations in the making in the Single Pen Cabin and Tool Barn, and sweet treats at the Double Pen House. The Dixie Volunteers make old time Music at 2. Santa arrives by carriage at 2:30 for visiting until 4. The Homeplace is on the trace between Golden Pond and Fort Donelson. It’s also hosting a holiday treats preparation Sunday from 10 to 2.

The Paducah Writers Group convenes tonight and every Friday at 8 p.m. at Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 North 6th. Poets and storytellers are welcome.

Bellevue University in Nebraska invites submissions for a book titled We will Never Forget: Personal accounts honoring our fallen soldiers. See www. Bellevue.edu/neverforget. Submissions are welcome through January 15. The book is targeted for release next Memorial Day. Proceeds from the book go to the National Military Family Association for military spouse scholarships.

See nationaldayoflistening.org to learn about “Thank a Teacher” Day today. Enjoy.

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