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Since when was Black Friday 'a thing' in Australia?

Switch on Health are having a massive Black Friday sale!!!

We're kidding. No, really. We're kidding. We are not having a Black Friday sale, because Black Friday is not 'a thing' in Australia! (Which is were we are, and where most of our clients are too).

If your inbox is anything like ours, it is currently flooded with every business you've ever had anything to do with enticing you with a special offer for Black Friday. But your inbox will not contain a Black Friday offer from Switch on Health.

When is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. And you probably know from watching the movies, that Thanksgiving happens each year in America, when they gather around the table to eat a lot and give thanks, for something.... probably the enormous meal they're about to consume with their family.

And you'll also know from the movies that it's always cold at Thanksgiving, and it looks a bit like Christmas, but it's not actually Christmas. Why not have an extra holiday, huh? Sounds good to us. As does anything that involves thanks and giving!

Back to the question though. When is Black Friday? Well, Thanksgiving, for us non-US citizens, falls on the fourth Thursday of November, so the following day is Black Friday.

Where does Black Friday come from?

Philadelphia, apparently. There are many claims made for the origins of the term, including that slaves were sold that day to help landowners prepare for the winter (apparently false), that retailers could make enough money to get out of the red and into the black (apparently also false), and that the Philadelphia police used the term because they just didn't like having to deal with the hoards of shoppers and traffic congestion that day. Wherever it came from, it seems that people wanting to sell you stuff want the name to stay.

Does Australia have Thanksgiving?

No, we don't. Although we'd suggest that giving thanks every day is an exceptionally healthy habit to get into. More on that later. And since we're all about natural health, and living a happier and healthier life, we recommend you give thanks every single day; not just some random day in November!

Does Australia have Black Friday?

Well.... if we don't have Thanksgiving, which is on a Thursday, then how can we have a Black Friday? Answer me that one.

Anyway, this doesn't seem to stop every Australian retailer and online seller encouraging you to go on some sort of mad crazy shopping spree. So technically, while Australia does not have Black Friday, it seems to have become 'a thing'!

You've heard the expression when someone feels like Christmas has arrived early this year? Well, Black Friday is like the Boxing Day sales have arrived early! In fact they used to be called the January sales, but we couldn't possibly wait a whole week, so we decided to start the very next day after Christmas instead. Now we have a crazy go shopping day in November. And some people in Australia like to celebrate Christmas in July. At his rate, we'll be having our sale before Easter, and then it will be January, and then.... wait, have we just skipped a year? They say time is speeding up, but this is getting ridiculous.

Is Switch on Health having a Black Friday sale?

No. We Are we mean? On the contrary. We have some sort of special offer on every month. All our new Herbal Medicine clients are currently receiving at least two free books. If you'd like to stay informed, sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. And then give thanks. And remember that true happiness and mental and emotional health does not come from buying stuff.

Want to learn more about natural medicine?

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