Holidays: why is Black Friday Nov 23, 2018 (and not Nov 30)?

Self-tutoring about holidays: the tutor checks the answer to a question he’s wondered about.

I would have said that Black Friday is typically later than Nov 23. Furthermore, I believed it was the last Friday of November. While most years I’d probably be right, Black Friday is not defined that way. Rather, it’s defined as the Friday after Thanksgiving (US), which is defined as the fourth Thursday in November.

November 2018 began on Thursday, so it has five, its fourth being November 22 and Thanksgiving in the US. Black Friday 2018 must then be November 23, the Friday following United States Thanksgiving.


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle: Halloween reflections, 2018

Self-tutoring about Halloween and holidays: the tutor examines special occasions such as Halloween.

Halloween examines the dead and the supernatural – what might lurk beyond what we can see. It stimulates the imagination. The decorations and costumes are appealing and exciting, but why?

Likely, most people don’t believe in witches, ghosts, etc – or if they do, they don’t fear them. I love Halloween, but sometimes I wonder why we are all willing to get caught up in its theme, only to abandon it the next day, and for the rest of the year.

Perhaps Halloween helps people learn more about those around them. For instance, suppose you work with George, who’s okay at the job. However, at Halloween, he really amazes you with his costume.

People can do that – they can seem ordinary, yet show surprising inspiration and creativity at occasions such as Halloween. When you see them do it, you realize they have hidden talents. Next, I’m left wondering what other qualities people have that I just don’t notice.

Looking at people’s jack-o-lanterns and decorated houses, you get the privilege of seeing something they’ve taken time and effort to show. In day-to-day life, people don’t often try to be spectacular, even if they can be. At Halloween, they might put in that bit extra to reveal their artistic, creative side that they probably think nobody will appreciate any other time.

Happy Halloween:)

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.