Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, enjoy each other’s company, and some delicious turkey. The day after Thanksgiving is a whole other story. The Friday after Thanksgiving, coined “Black Friday”, is the annual kick off for the Christmas shopping season.
The term “Black Friday” goes back to the financial crisis of 1869. To refer to shopping, the term was first used in a Philadelphia newsletter from 1961. The term was negatively associated with traffic jams resulting from the year’s biggest shopping day. Because of this negative association, there attempts to rename the day, but these proved unsuccessful. The term spread gradually to gain national recognition.
Why is Black Friday so popular? First, it marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season. You can finally break your Christmas decorations and music after Thanksgiving. Also, many employers give their employees the day off, so they are free to choose to spend the day shopping for great deals.
So this year, remember this fun fashion fact about Black Friday while you’re scooping awesome deals!