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“Another ‘DAY’, another dollar” !

Posted by Big John on October 5, 2013

I have just received an email from a florist reminding me that Sunday is ‘Grandparents’ Day’.

This is a ‘new one’ on me ! … and, so wearing my grumpy old git’s hat I can only guess that it is yet another ‘import’ from that great con the consumer market across the Atlantic Ocean.

We will soon have ‘Trick or Treat’, the US version of Halloween, thrust upon us. My local branch of Sainsbury’s is already stacked out with pumpkins  !

Mothers’ Day, once Mothering Sunday. Valentine’s Day, once The Feast of Saint Valentine. Fathers’ Day, described as .. “a second Christmas for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.” are, like the modern wedding ‘industry’, far removed from the simple traditions of my young days.

Now, I’m sorry to say that many of our ‘traditions’ have been hijacked by greedy commercial organisations who ‘cash in’ on people’s sentimentality.

I wonder what will ‘cross the pond’ next ? … Well with all the nutters we now have wandering around, probably (and I’m not making this up) …

… National Fruitcake Day !

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5 Responses to ““Another ‘DAY’, another dollar” !”

  1. Ginnie said

    Hey, John …this is Fruitcake Ginnie saying Hello and telling you that you missed “Secretary’s Day”, “Martin Luther King day”, “Groundhog’s Day”, and my very favorite, August 21st “Senior Citizen’s Day”. PS: most of the real Fruitcakes here in the U.S. are Tea Party members who are ruining out country !!!

  2. Do you think the Brits would take us back if we asked very nicely?

  3. Big John said

    OK Ginnie … I’ll go along with “Old Farts’ Day” .. 😉

    I don’t see why not, Dick. Most of our other ex-colonies seem to be doing very well at our expense. Perhaps Obama could get help from the Bank of England.. 🙂

  4. Grannymar said

    I vote we have a Blank Month with no special days!

  5. Rummuser said

    Very likely to be American Spelling Day.

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