Deloitte Survey: Shoppers Will Spend More of Their Holiday Budget In-Store than Online

Respondents with incomes less than $100,000 spend more of their total holiday budget in-store than those with higher incomes, 54 percent versus 46 percent

New York, Nov. 10, 2014 — Despite potential seasonal barriers to store trips such as long lines, heavy traffic and limited merchandise selection, surveyed consumers anticipate spending the majority of their holiday budget in the "brick-and-mortar" store this year, according to Deloitte's 29th annual holiday survey...more

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12/24/2014 - Christmas Eve (Everywhere!)
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1/1/2015 - New Year's Day (Everywhere)
Bowl Games and black-eyed peas!

1/9/2015 - Nielsen Audio Ratings for Knoxville release (formerly Arbitron) (Nielsen Audio)
Fall 2014 survey releases.

1/9/2015 - Call For Entries: 50th Annual American Advertising Awards, Knoxville (TBA)

1/19/2015 - Martin Luther King's Birthday (Holiday)
Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. We celebrate his birthday on the third Monday in January. Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister who used peaceful methods to counteract the inequalities of laws and society.

1/22/2015 - Hats Off Networking Soiree (Knoxville Museum of Art)
Join us for this unique, casual, fun networking event! Plan to take part in the fun and wear a festive hat that shows off your personality. Your hat can be store bought or handmade-- it's up to you how creative you want to be! There will be prizes for the following hat categories: Most Stylish, Most Creative, and Most Outrageous!

2/1/2015 - Super Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Teams TBA

2/2/2015 - Groundhog Day (Punxsutawney, Pa.)
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2/6/2015 - Ronald Reagan's Birthday (born February 6, 1911)
He's definitely missed.

2/14/2015 - Valentine's Day (luvvy duvvy time)
Buy the damn Vermont Teddy Bear

2/16/2015 - President's Day (All Over)
The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796 (the last full year of his presidency). Washington, according to the calendar that has been used since at least the mid-18th century, was born on February 22, 1732.

2/17/2015 - Mardi Gras (Everywhere)
To quote one of my friends, "I'm giving up eating dirt for Lent"

2/18/2015 - Ash Wednesday ()
Many Christian Americans mark Ash Wednesday as the first day of Lent. It follows Shrove Tuesday, which features Mardi Gras celebrations.

2/28/2015 - News Sentinel Women Today Expo (Knoxville Convention Center)
Through March 1st....This fun-loving, two-day expo is focused on celebrating all aspects of a woman’s life! With more than one hundred exhibitor booths, special guests and informative and entertaining stage presentations, there’s something for every woman at the Women Today Expo.

2/28/2015 - “Go For The Gold” 50th Annual American Advertising Awards Gala (TBA)

3/8/2015 - Daylight Saving Time Begins (All over the place)
The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

3/17/2015 - St. Patrick's Day (Green Beer Everywhere)
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for thousands of years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

3/29/2015 - Palm Sunday (Everywhere)
Many Christians in the United States remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day is also on the Sunday before Easter Sunday.

4/1/2015 - April Fool's Day (For pranksters)
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4/3/2015 - Good Friday (Religious Holiday)
Good Friday occurs two days before Easter Sunday in the United States. It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion, which plays an important part in the Christian faith.

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Passover marks the Israelites' liberation from slavery and their exodus from Egypt around 3000 years ago.

4/5/2015 - Easter (Everywhere)
Enjoy the eggs, bunnies and respect the religious gravity of this holiday.

4/15/2015 - Federal Income Tax Returns Due (IRS)
"The government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always rely on the support of Paul."

4/17/2015 - Dogwood Arts Market Square Art Fair (Market Square)
April 15-17: Downtown Knoxville is transformed into a lively street fair with high-quality arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, entertainment, and festive food.

4/22/2015 - Administrative Professionals Day (In your office)
Do something nice today... and hustle when you do it!

4/25/2015 - Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival (Downtown Knoxville)
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

4/30/2015 - NFL Draft (NFL Network)
through May 2nd

5/5/2015 - Cinco de Mayo (At your favorite restaurant)
The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.

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