With commercials all over the web and television, everyone has heard the term Black Friday sometime in their life. Most associate it with the Christmas shopping that often occurs the day after Thanksgiving on that Friday and how the result is many stores "going into the black". However, I wanted to delve into the origins and find out just how the unofficial “holiday” started and what it means for people today. So I took not only to the books but also on a little “field trip”.
It seems these days that Black Friday has become a more important holiday in America than Thanksgiving. Forget the turkey and pie, all we seem to be thankful for these days are the nation wide sales the day after Thanksgiving. With the current state of the American economy, shoppers are willing to do anything to save a few extra dollars.
I work in the retail industry, and the holidays are always a busy time of the year. Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two busiest days of the year for shoppers. It can actually be dangerous to go out shopping. People stand in lines as earlier as midnight-or sometimes earlier-just to get the best deals on the best gifts.
Although many are probably still comatosed from large amounts of turkey and pie, millions of Americans take place in the ritual of 3 am shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Better known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is the official opening of the Christmas shopping season.