Archive for November, 2011

Black Friday

November 28, 2011
Light Khaki Supplex Bomber with Grey Rabbit Fur Buckle at chin. The color is actually khaki, not how it showed up in this picture!

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As you know Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. There are two explanations why it is called Black Friday:

1) The day’s name originated in Philadelphia in the 1960s, where it described the heavy and disruptive  traffic on the day after Thanksgiving when many stores offered large discounts. In the 1970s the term Black Friday was used in other cities around the USA.

2) “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black” after buying their Christmas inventories.

In any case, the term became popular in the 1980s and widely used by the 1990s when it was often described as the busiest shopping day of the year. This was not the case until 2003 when it first hit the number one position.

What aboout Black THURSDAY? Well, the shops started opening earlier and earlier each year, till many larger department stores kept the doors open from Thursday onward.  Check out Walmart’s campaign this year: http://bit.ly/blckthursday.

Why is it the beginning of the Christmas sales? Well, the Thanksgiving Parades were often sponsored by the larger department stores,  and the parade often included an appearance by Santa at the end of the parade, with the idea that ‘Santa is just around the corner’. As all retailers wanted to be first to offer Christmas Sales, it was an unwritten etiquette among the retailers to not advertise Christmas till after the Thanksgiving Parade.

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Thanks Giving according to the Mad Bomber

November 25, 2011
Settlers - or how we think of them now...
Settlers – or how we think of them now…

This year Thanksgiving I have heard people asking if people abroad celebrate this holiday. At Mad Bomber we like to think of us as multi-culturally aware and thought we’d just elaborate on where Thanksgiving really came from before we tempt you with our amazingly good value hat offers.

To begin with, Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and on a different day in Canada! Thanksgiving is celebrated on Columbus day in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving originated from a mix of European and Native traditions.

Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after harvest to give thanks for a good yield, and to rejoice after hard work with the rest of the community. Native Americans also celebrated the end of a harvest season, so when Europeans first arrived in the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest. The two similar traditions were identified as a common interest and used to bond with the Native Americans, hence it became a much more important feast in America where Indians and Cowboys (excuse the term) were often at odds with each other as they squabled and argued with each other over food and land. Any reason to celebrate mutual appreciation was both politically and spiritually important to keep the peace and show appreciation for each other’s good deeds.

The Canadian version of Thanksgiving actually originated somewhere else completely! Thanksgiving celebration was not for harvest, but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England to Canada through storms and icebergs. It started in the 1570s when Martin Frobisher, found a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. One of the first recorded official

American Thanksgiving celebrations can be traced back to a celebration at Plymouth, in present-day Massachusetts where the settlers finally had a successful harvest in 1621 which could feed all the colonist. In the years prior the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 100+ colonists, and the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. So as you can see Thanksgiving as is celebrated in the USA really is specific to Northern America, where the settlers and the Native Americans had a love/hate relationship.

The very few places where Thanksgiving is celebrated in much more modest ways around the world were often due to an American influence; Whaling ships brought it to Norfolk Island (Australian waters), the Netherlands where many settlers came from. Some countries which have a Thanksgiving day of sorts that do not have USA links are Grenada, Japan and Liberia.

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Spoooky but Coool

November 23, 2011
Mad Rocker David Jennings

Mad Rocker David Jennings

Halloween has marked the start of the US winter months and it has certainly been getting cool out there. Many Mad Bomber®  fans were easily identified trick-or-treating on the cold streets of 31 October as they could not resist wearing their warm Mad Bomber® hats. Needless to say the hat made everyone smile and no matter how scary the costume was, their cool hat totally nulled the scare factor as people identified them as a fellow Mad Bomber®  fan.

Just a few facts for you (sourced from Wikipedia), did you know that the carving of pumpkins originated with immigrants to North America in the 1800s and was associated with harvest time, and had nothing to do with Halloween till the mid to late 19th Century.

Trick-or-treating originated in the Middle Ages in Britain and Ireland when children and poor people would dress up on All Saints Day and sing and prey, door to door, to receive Soul Cakes. Soul Cakes were traditionally made cakes representing the dead. Each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. was also first seen in  Scotland/Ireland where children in the late 1800s went ‘guising’; disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins and carrying lanterns made out of carved turnips. They were  typically rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. Trick-or-treating became a USA tradition for Halloween in the early 1900s.

Most Christians do not mind Halloween, treating it as a holiday devoted to celebrating “imaginary spooks” and eating candy, and if anything it teaches children a little about death and mortality. Some Christians feel concerned about Halloween, and reject the holiday because they feel it encourages paganism and the occult.

At Mad Bomber®  we love Halloween as anything that involves giving things to children, having fun, playing dress up and getting out of the house has to be good! And with the Spirit of Halloween we like to encourage our fans who have read this far with a free shipping code 1dc3ab2514 which you enter when using PayPal to pay for your order on www.madbomber.com/store. This code is valid till end of December, use it wisely!