You may be familiar with the infamous Black Lives Matter and Antifa boycott on Christmas. From organizing groups to destroy our favorite Holiday to protesting the March For Jesus, it seemed as if these groups were on a roll, or at least they tried to make it seem like they were.
Despite all of their efforts, Christmas still happened. It was as if “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” played out in real life. (I wouldn’t want to touch Antifa with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole either). People still made rather merry, they still drank eggnog, (spiked or not) they still opened presents, and they still watched It’s A Wonderful Life. Groups like BLM and Antifa failed to take away one of the only things we as people can still unite over, and now they have no clue how to come back from it. Most likely, the embarrassment will be swept under the rug and imagined as though none of the anti-Christmas protests ever happened.
Recently, Yahoo News released an article which let us know that not only did Christmas survive, it was the best Christmas to date as far as business goes.
Shares of U.S. department stores jumped on Tuesday as Mastercard Inc said shoppers spent over $800 billion during the season, more than ever before, boosted by growing consumer confidence, rising employment, and early discounts.
Sarah Quinlan, head of market insights for Mastercard Advisors, disclosed the figure after the payments processor’s analytics arm published its SpendingPulse retail report.
The report said holiday sales in stores and online between Nov 1 and Dec 24 rose 4.9 percent, the fastest year-on-year pace of increase since 2011. Mastercard, which tracks spending by combining sales activity in its payments network with estimates of cash and other payment forms, excluded automobile sales from its figures.
They released a few other numbers as well, and we can’t deny how impressed we are by them.
“Shares in J.C. Penney Co Inc rose 7.6 percent on Tuesday, while Kohl’s Corp shares were up 5.8 percent, Macy’s Inc rose 5.1 percent and Nordstrom Inc increased 2.8 percent.
SpendingPulse said the moderate sales increases seen in apparel and department stores were particularly impressive given this year’s slew of store closures.
Online sales rose 18.1 percent during the holiday season, thanks to a late rally in sales, according to Mastercard.”
All in all, this was a great Christmas season for many retailers both in stores and online. Amazon.com is said to take the cake in sales, however, noting that it had bested its worldwide holiday sales record this year, with over 4 million people opting to trial Amazon Prime in one week.
Nice try Black Lives Matter, better luck next time Antifa, this year, you could not take away our Christmas.