What is Black Friday?

Ah, Black Friday. It’s here again. Right now there are thousands of Americans camping out in parking lots waiting to be the first in store to nab that high definition TV for $99 or the designer jacket at Off Saks Fifth for 95% off.  This is a day that’s nearly as important on the holiday calendar as Thanksgiving itself – for both the consumer and the stores!

So what is Black Friday? 

Well, wikipedia defines it as the following:

“Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day many U.S. retailers open very early, often at 5 a.m., and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. Because Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, the day after occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November.

The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term began by 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the period during which retailers are turning a profit, or “in the black.””

Yup, that sounds about right. Can’t add much to that unless maybe by saying that this is the BIGGEST shopping day of the year and I really really miss it! Recently though, Black Friday seems to have taken over the world. It’s as if the rest of the universe wanted to get in on this retail action so decided to adopt the day no matter what the country.  Today in the UK there are hundreds of online deals to be found to celebrate the day. There will also be numerous sales in stores so be on the lookout!!!

Happy Black Friday to one and all…may your bags be heavy and your wallets be light and all return home for a safe and cuddly night!


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