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 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Non-Fiction
  Posted: November 27, 2020      Views: 22

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Black Friday...In More Ways Than One
"Jaw Jacks Number Four" by Brett Matthew West

Since 1952, the Friday after Thanksgiving has become regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

In 1951, the journal Factory Management And Maintenance provided the earliest known use of the term Black Friday to refer to the day after Thanksgiving, although the connotation held a completely different meaning.

At that time, many employees would call off to take advantage of a four-day weekend. What's that saying about the more things change the more they stay the same?

The use of the term Black Friday in regards to shopping is credited to the New York Times newspaper in 1975. They published an article about the day being the busiest shopping and traffic day... in Philadelphia. However, the name still did not have a major following.

It wasn't until the 1980s the phrase gained national attention. At first, merchants objected to the use of Black Friday because they felt the term was derisive toward one of their most important shopping days of the year.

In 1981, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a story about Black Friday referring to the day when merchants could start marking their yearly profits in their accounting books in black ink, to signify they were making money for the year, not the red ink to show deficits they experienced from January through November.

In the U.S., the South Park area of Charlotte, North Carolina, is the most heavily trafficked in the country on Black Friday.

Since 2015, Black Friday has lost much of its luster on several fronts. Many stores now open on Thanksgiving. Some start their sales earlier than that. And, online shopping has also made Black Friday less important.

Some other countries that have employed a form of Black Friday include Canada, England, Mexico, Romania, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and others.

Now you know a brief outline of how Black Friday came to be.

In conclusion, while you are out there murdering one another over some insignificant, cheaply priced, trinket remember Black Friday has a well known history of violence behind it as well. But, that's a story better left for another time.

As for me, there is nothing in any store I need so bad as to stand in long lines and fight with the mobs over.

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Step Up To More Shopping, by Browncat, selected to complement my commentary.

So, thanks Browncat, for the use of your picture. It goes so nicely with my commentary.
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