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Happy Cy Berman Day!

Posted by josh kilmer-purcell on


From all of us at Beekman 1802 to all of you: Happy Cy Berman Day! Wait. What? You haven't heard of Cy Berman? Maybe you've been mishearing his name all these years. Some folks believe that the Monday following Thanksgiving is something called "Cyber Monday." But that's silly. What does a computer have to do with Christmas? That's right: Nothing. But Cyril "Cy" Berman? Why, he practically invented the first day of the Christmas Season! And here's his mostly-true-but-kinda-also-entirely-made-up story... (But if you just want to skip to the sale part, click here.)

Our guy "Cy" was born "Cyril Berman" in Sharon Springs, NY in 1912. After earning his accounting degree, he  married and moved his family to New York City where he worked at Pinchon Bottham & Vamoose Accounting from 1935-1976. And from his very first day on the job he was assisted by a very capable secretary named Holly Daye.

Every year, on the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday, Cy would come into work with a list of Christmas presents he needed to purchase for his wife and a crisp $100 bill.  Handing them to Holly, he'd say: "Miss Daye, as long as you return from lunch with all of the items on the list, I don't care if there's any change left over."

Well, Holly happened to know every single bargain in the city, so each year she saved herself quite a Christmas bonus. She saved so much money, in fact, that the other secretaries began giving her the money from their bosses to buy their wives' presents. Holly could shop for all of the executives in the entire firm and be done by 1pm with hundreds of dollars left over.

Soon it became tradition for Holly to invite the other secretaries to lunch with the money she'd saved. As these ladies sat around the fanciest restaurants in New York, trying on the latest hats, jewelry and furs  just purchased for their bosses' wives, they would lift a toast to Cyril Berman...the man who started it all...and cheer: HAPPY CY BERMAN DAY!

So while you're sitting at your desk this Monday morning thinking about how long and expensive your shopping list is, we invite you to check out the "Cy Berman Day" Special Deals we've pulled together just for you at Beekman 1802. We think Holly would be proud.



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  • tomm, fri the 13th I will be 60 yrs old and I am always cold. My co-worker gave me hand knitted hand warmers i can wear in work leaving my fingers free to type (like i am doing now). I will use them driving and when I get home I can relax and watch tv with a mug of hot chocolate in one hand and change the channels with the remote in the other. Muck boots will complete the package because when hands and feet are warm my whole body is warm and I am one happy camper!

    Jane on

  • Move to Florida!

    Sylvia on

  • We cuddle in bed with the kids (5 month, 2years, and 4 years) and watch TV Holiday Specials on the DVR as we drink hot coco!

    Shannon on

  • Here I am in the desert where we get surprised occasionally with a week like we are having. Snow on Saturday, temps in the twenties. Bundle up, cuddle up, sip it up, let that fireplace roar and reminisce about the 110 degrees in the summer.

    Mary on

  • Best way to stay warm and cozy….Good red wine and and a relaxing evening by the fire!

    kg on

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