"A good local bookshop is for life, not just for Christmas... but it's a good place to start the festive shopping," the Guardian noted in a piece on this year's Civilised Saturday in the U.K., "when independent shops encourage book lovers to chill out, have a glass of mulled wine, and take some gift advice from real live people who know and love books."
|Civilized Friday at Bridgeside Books|
Meanwhile, in the U.S., booksellers at Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, Vt., were sufficiently inspired by the British spirit to celebrate their own Black Friday alternative: "We're celebrating Civilized Friday here at Bridgeside Books! #bridgesidebooks #civilizedfriday #29stowestreet." And: "Civilized Friday includes chair & hand massage! That's how we roll on Civilized Friday! #bridgesidebooks #civilizedfriday #29stowestreet."
On Saturday, reports from the civilized festivities front in the U.K. included:
Booka Bookshop, Oswestry: "#civilisedsaturday this Saturday & every Saturday in all good bookshops! @booksaremybag."
Jaffé & Neale, Chipping Norton: "Join us for #civilisedsaturday relax and read in the sun.
The Bookshop Kibworth: "We're so #CivilisedSaturday that all customers get a pressie from us today! Oh, and biscuits, obvs @booksaremybag."
Red Lion Books, Colchester: "Take a civilised break in the civilised chair with a glass of sherry while we find the books you need. #CivilisedSaturday #BAMB."
White Rose Books, Thirsk: "@Join us for #civilisedsaturday & enjoy our Hygge Book Nest! @ThirskYarnbomb @thirskinfo @booksaremybag."
Edinburgh Bookshop, Scotland: "Getting our Hygge on for #CivilisedSaturday with some help from @panmacmillan"
IPCallaway, Deal: "Apart from the odd bit of murder & mayhem every day is civilised in #HayonWye. #CivilisedSaturday doubly so. #Books #bookshops."Wenlock Books, Wenlock: "Well, wasn't that a very #civilisedsaturday?"