2010 Holiday Calendar: Important Dates for Holiday Shopping, Travel and Celebration

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Posted on 10/18/2010

Your social calendar and your to-do list are about to explode. Need help remembering those key appointments for the upcoming 2010 holiday season? We’ve created a list of important dates for holiday shopping, travel, and celebration to help keep you organized and on top of everything.


Wednesday, November 24: The day before Thanksgiving is among the busiest holiday travel days. Expect to pay about $84 more when traveling on this day rather than on the morning of Thanksgiving, according to Bing Travel.


Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving Day is great for spending time and chowing down with family and friends. Be sure to set aside time for laying out your Black Friday shopping plan.


Friday, November 26: It’s the day deal-lovers wait all year for. Black Friday has arrived and so have the incredible sales.


Sunday, November 28: This is also a busy travel day as most people choose to return home from their Thanksgiving holiday today. If you can book your ticket for Saturday instead of today you’ll save nearly $100.


Monday, November 29: Those who didn’t score deals at the stores on Black Friday have another chance with Cyber Monday. While many of us go back to work after the holiday weekend, we’ll set aside a little time to score online deals from our desks.


Wednesday, December 1: Sunset on December 1 marks the start of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.


Thursday, December 9: Today is the last day of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.


Monday, December 13: Shipping a package to Alaska or Hawaii? Today is the last day you can use FedEx Ground and have it arrive in time for Christmas.


Friday, December 17: More than a thousand participating merchants will take part in Free Shipping Day today. This is also the last day to ship a package FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery and expect delivery by Christmas.


Monday, December 20: Shipping packages First Class or Priority with the USPS? This is your deadline for getting them to the post office if you want them to arrive in time for Christmas Day.


Wednesday, December 22: If you’re using Express Mail from the USPS, today is your deadline for getting those packages to your loved ones by Christmas.


Thursday, December 23: This will be the most popular day for embarking on a Christmas vacation according to travel pros. If you book an airline ticket departing today and returning on Sunday, December 26, expect to pay about $403 on average. That’s $14 more than 2009 according to Bing Travel.


Friday, December 24: Not only is today Christmas Eve, but it’s also Christmas Day Observed, since Christmas falls on a weekend this year. That means many offices and businesses could be closed today.


Saturday, December 25: Merry Christmas! Although it may not seem like a great way to spend Christmas Day, if you return home today as opposed to tomorrow you can save about $67 a ticket according to travel pros.


Sunday, December 26: Today is Boxing Day, also known as the Canadian version of Black Friday. Banks, schools and government offices are closed, but stores are open and ready to handle the post-Christmas rush. It also marks the start of the week-long African American celebration of Kwanzaa. It runs from December 26 to January 1 each year.


By Alison Storm


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