“Black Friday” is not an official holiday, but rather is the name given to the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States. “Black Friday” is similar to Britain’s “Boxing Day” (the day after Christmas) when most retailers open extremely early, offering promotional sales and incentives for shoppers. “Early Bird” specials, indeed. Thus, “Black Friday” traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas Holiday shopping season. Regarded as the busiest shopping day of the year, it is no wonder that non-retail employers observe this day as a holiday along with Thanksgiving. Alas, the number of potential shoppers certainly increases the upward spike in sales anticipated by retailers.
Of interest, it is said that the name “Black Friday” originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1961, where it was used to describe the “heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur the day after Thanksgiving”. Use of the term established a broader use outside of Philadelphia around 1975. Who knew? In time, an alternative explanation began that “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers turn a profit, or are “In the black” (an accounting expression that alludes to the practice of recording losses in red and profits in black). Of course, “Black Friday” has also been defined as the day of the stock market catastrophe, September 24, 1869. The crash is said to have been sparked by gold speculators who attempted to corner the gold market. The attempt failed and the gold market inevitably collapsed, causing the stock market to plummet. A somber moment, deemed a “Black Friday”, indeed. However, the “Black Friday” that relates to the world of retail today is certainly more in line with goals of being “In the Black”. Profit, indeed.
Alas, as the shopping begins may the hunt of finding the “Perfect gift” be approached with enjoyment. After all, the beauty of the holiday season is meant to be relished with merriment and joy. Refuse to acquire the stress that seems to be linked with the chaos and frenzy of shopping that often arises during this season. Rather, commit to approaching the Holiday shopping season with the determination of calmness, patience and poise. Lavish in the joy of the moment. Lastly, a gift given from the heart has no price tag. Gifting with joy that is in alignment within the means of your personal & financial abilities is priceless. And remember, less is always more. Quality vs. quantity, indeed.
Well, it is indeed an appropriate time to pen the words…