Black Friday – Who came up with that name?

All week (and a little before) people were talking about Black Friday‘.  Why is the day after Thanksgiving called Black Friday?  I realize its a term that has been used for years.  I also realize that it is the Friday that follows Thanksgiving.

This ‘Black Friday’ can be as early as November 23rd or as late as November 29th.  But if you think about it… its a day when most people take off of work and/or your office is closed so you get to enjoy the day off.  Perhaps you are crazy enough to go shopping with the gazilions of other people who have today off.  That’s when it hit me.  This term MUST have been created by someone who has to work today.  And not just any worker… they must have worked at a retailers.  It would not make sense for the term to be started by a Real Estate Agent.  As a matter of fact, it would be great for someone to be off of work and contact a local Realtor to shop for homes.

So.. I took the time to do a little research on the term itself.  Apparently it originated in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day.  This is a day where retailers are ‘in the black’ for profits, instead of in the red.  It has always been believed that Black Friday was the busiest shopping day of the year.  In fact, over the past 10 years, Black Friday has only been the TOP shopping day for 2 of those years.  Typically, the busiest shopping day of the season is the Saturday prior to Christmas.

Perhaps you learned something new today about Black Friday… or perhaps I’m a little slow on the information…. either way, I learned something new.


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