Black Friday has not Always Been a Good Thing

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Black Friday is one of the biggest, if not largest, shopping days of the year, and although it began in the United States, Black Friday has recently become popular overseas.

The term Black Friday has been used in different contexts and was actually first coined after a financial crisis that occurred in 1869. As far as shopping goes, the earliest reference to Black Friday dates back to a newsletter in 1961 that clearly had negative implications. The newsletter talked about the traffic jams that occurred in Philadelphia the day after Thanksgiving with police nicknaming the day, Black Friday. Because the term wasn’t good for business, a Deputy City Representative was thwarted in his attempt to rename Black Friday, Big Friday.

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The popularity of Black Friday truly is the official start to the holiday shopping season and linked with Santa Claus Parades. These parades usually include Santa’s first appearance at the end of the parade. When Macy’s and Eaton’s first held their Thanksgiving Day parades in the late 19th and early 20th century, they would use the Thanksgiving Day parades as a huge advertising push, creating an unwritten rule that there would be no Christmas advertising until after the parades were over.

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Of course, this didn’t come without controversy. After the depression, retail shops wanted longer shopping seasons, but none of the big stores wanted to break with the tradition and be the first to start an advertising campaign before Thanksgiving so the President at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving a week earlier angering the public. Most refused to celebrate the day of thanks on two days with some even referring to Thanksgiving as Franksgiving.

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Much has changed over the last few decades with Black Friday becoming a holiday in its own right, in fact California and some other states have actually declared the day after Thanksgiving a federal holiday much like Columbus Day. For some folks Black Friday is a tradition to stand, or sit, in line all day, or even days before Thanksgiving skipping the feast in favor of a new flat screen for $25.00.

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