HO, HO, HO … DONALD TRUMP, MAKING HOLIDAY SHOPPING GREAT AGAIN …
As reported at USA Today, U.S. year-end holiday retail sales rose 4.9% compared to the same period last year. The shoppers were out in force this holiday season as sales rose 4.9% from November 1 through Christmas Eve, easily beating the 3.7% from last year. Online retail sales rose 18.1% in 2017. THE TRUMP EFFECT: The rise in sales figures reflect the near record high consumer confidence, a strong jobs market, near DOW 25 K, unemployment fell to a 17 year low in October and with the passage and signing of the Tax bill, look for the economy to get even better.
Despite thousands of store closings this year, Americans supplied a final flurry of spending to give retailers their best holiday season sales since 2011, figures released Tuesday show.
U.S. year-end holiday retail sales rose 4.9% compared to the same period last year, a welcome gift to U.S. retailers amid new signs of consumer confidence.
Online retail shopping similarly increased 18.1%, while overall consumer buying during the holiday period set a new record for dollars spent, according to the sales report issued by Mastercard SpendingPulse.
“Overall, this year was a big win for retail,” Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president of Market Insights, Mastercard, said in a statement issued with the report. “The strong U.S. economy was a contributing factor, but we also have to recognize that retailers who tried new strategies to engage holiday shoppers were the beneficiaries of this sales increase.”
Although the report showed the 2017 holiday shopping season from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 was a winner for all retailers, the results differed by category. Retailers that succeeded tapped into:
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017 …. JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD HAS COME!!!
On this most blessed, joyous and special day we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and to ask all to always remember the true reason for the season. As you are unwrapping presents, partaking in some eggnog, spending time with family, friends and loved ones, having your holiday feast and experiencing the joy of this day, always keep in mind the true reason for the season because on this joyous day … “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
May everyone have a joyous and blessed day!!! Enjoy some of the greatest Christmas songs of the season as these are the ones that are on the SM play list during the holiday season, among many others. God Bless!!!
Joy to the World – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Angels We Have Heard On High – Andrea Bocelli & David Foster
Oh Holy Night – Josh Groban
Jewel – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Nat King Cole – Away In A Manger
White Christmas” 1954 Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye
The best of Silent Night – Christmas in Vienna
THIS IS A HOLIDAY CLASSIC … ENJOY!!!
The folks at Black Rifle Coffee Company provide some Christmas cheer. The reference to Ralphie and ‘A Christmas Story’ is priceless … “Ralphie, toy are going to shoot your eye with that thing!”
Can You Say Racism? “BlackXmas” … Black Lives Matters Want Black People in America to Boycott All the Stores run by White People in America
HOW RACIST, BLACK LIVES MATTERS DREAMING OF A BLACK ONLY CHRISTMAS …
Black Lives Matters is dreaming of a BlackXmas. Why doesn’t this come as a shock? The racist, socialist group is calling for blacks to boycott white businesses merely because the owners are white. Of course BLM so hates capitalism as well. Is America finally figuring out what this group is all about? Black Lives Matters wants to bring down “white” capitalism with Black Christmas. So this is the First Amendment, eh? Voting with one’s wallet is a powerful form of free speech and is supposed to harm nobody. However, when you make race the main and only issue, Houston we have a problem. Imagine, just imagine an all-white, pro-white group stating that all black businesses should be boycotted by white America? Can you hear the liberals, MSM and Democrats hue and cry throughout the land? I am guesses that BLM would be okay if we reversed the premise between the colors of people and those who own businesses? Hardly. What would the reaction be if white supremacists wanted to boycott black businesses, just because of color? The fact BLM wants to target individuals and businesses mere because of one color is as racist as it gets. Just curious BLM, do you remember who said the following: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Group leaders say it’s time for people to “resist white capitalism” and divest from businesses that contribute to racial inequality. Melina Abdullah, a BLM leader who is a professor at California State University, Los Angeles (CSU-LA), is encouraging shoppers to use their money to support economic empowerment for minorities.
“We say ‘white capitalism’ because it’s important that we understand that the economic system and the racial structures are connected,” said Abdullah during her weekly radio show, Beautiful Struggle. “We have to not only disrupt the systems of policing that literally kill our people, but we have to disrupt the white supremacist, capitalistic, patriarchal, heteronormative system that is really the root cause of these police killings.”
White Christmas: BLM Does Realize that Bing Crosby was Referring to Snow, Right?
No racism or anti-capitalism here, move along. So MLM wants black people to boycott all stores run by white people and to only buy or donate their monies to black owned businesses or organizations. Hmm, isn’t the very mention that black should boycott all white racist in its essence? Using color and a people to be the rational to boycott is the definition of racism.
Black Lives Matter has started a campaign to get all the black people in America to boycott all the stores run by white people in America, and shop only those outlets owned and operated by black people.
But don’t worry — that’s not racist. After all, the same people advocating for “BlackXmas” would be quite OK with a “WhiteXmas.” Right?
“We’re dreaming of a #BlackXmas,” tweeted #BlackLivesMatter-LA. @BLMA, as the Daily Caller noted.
How could purposeful division make anything better? America, wake up and call racism in whatever form it is in for what it is, RACISM.
YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS, CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AND GOOD RIDDANCE …
As reported at The Politico, CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party. I am sure Presidential Donald Trump is going to lose sleep over this. Maybe CNN will have more time now instead of attending the party to edit their news to make sure it is not fake. In response to CNN’s non-attendance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Tuesday night, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.” They are only hurting themselves and further proving they are not a news organization by taking things so personally. CNN is becoming less and less relevant every day.
Adding fuel to its growing feud with President Donald Trump, CNN told POLITICO it will be boycotting the White House Christmas party for the media this year.
“CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party,” a CNN spokesperson said. “In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.”
The annual event, scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m., is typically seen as a time when reporters and their bosses can mingle freely with administration members, but Trump’s posture toward the press has been uniquely aggressive.
Since Trump began his run for office, CNN has been one of his favorite targets. He has often criticized the network as “fake news” and alleged that the network makes up stories.
In response to this news, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Tuesday night, “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”