Today is Black Friday! I often wondered why they call it that…afterall, doesn’t black usually denote something bad? Isn’t a day that tends to be the busiest shopping day of the year a GOOD thing? It means people are out in force spending money and stimulating the economy (something we need and highly encourage)! The other “black” day is the extreme opposite – Black Monday, which marks the day in 1987 when stock markets around the world crashed! I would think that the day after Thanksgiving – a day marking the unofficial start of the holiday season – a day when people crowd the stores looking for Christmas gifts at bargain prices – would be called something so different that it wouldn’t create any confusion what-so-ever! Maybe the use of a cheerier color, like “Yellow Friday”. Maybe forget the colors and find a more upbeat word, like “Prosperous Friday”. Or just be silly with it and call it “Let’s all go shopping Friday”!
So, my curiosity about the name Black Friday finally got the best of me and I googled it to see if I could find out a reason behind the use of the name. I found there is a Wikipedia page for it (don’t you just love Wikipedia?) and discovered that there IS a very logical reason for the name.
According to Wikipedia, “the term “Black Friday” originated in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day. More recently, merchants and the media have used it instead to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).”
So – there you go – in case you, too, were wondering!
For more interesting information on Black Friday and Black Monday, go to their Wikipedia pages:
So – will I be out there Christmas shopping today? Hhhmmm – not sure! I’m not a big fan of crowed stores and fighting some little old lady over the last widget I have my eyes on for a special family member or friend! There isn’t much that motivates me to get up at 3:00 or 4:00 am – definitely not to go shopping! But, I do have some errands to run and am trying to decide if I want to venture out to do them today or wait until tomorrow. It is such a gorgeous day today and looks like it will be the warmest of the weekend, so I want to spend time this afternoon doing my outdoor Christmas decorations and I have a lot to do around the house. So, we’ll see…