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Black Friday Shopping - The Beginning of the Holiday Shopping Season
by Rick Byrd
What exactly is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the busiest retail shopping day of the year and kicks of the retail Christmas
shopping season. Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States. Since
Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday may
be as early as the 23rd and as late as the 29th of November. Black Friday is not an official
holiday, but many people take the day off so they can take advantage of the great shopping
deals offered by retail stores. This is the reason why most, if not all, retailers decorate for the
Christmas season weeks beforehand.
Many retailers open very early, often 5 a.m. or even earlier, and offer doorbuster deals to draw
people to their stores.
The term “Black Friday" is used to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers
are in the black or turn a profit.
In most major cities across the United States it is not uncommon to see shoppers start lining
up hours before stores even open. Once inside, the shoppers often rush and grab items, as
many stores have only a few of the big draw items. Electronics and the seasons popular toys
are often the most sought-after items. Because of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, many
choose to stay home and avoid the hectic shopping experience. Many retailers are now
offering some great deals by shopping online. The local media often will cover the event,
mentioning how early the shoppers began lining up at various stores and providing video of the
shoppers standing in line and later leaving with their purchased items.
The history of the day after Thanksgiving being the official start of the holiday shopping season
is linked together strongly with the idea of Holiday parades. Today they are merged with a
parade celebrating Thanksgiving. These parades, though mainly a celebration of thanksgiving,
include an appearance by Santa at the end with the idea that Santa is just around the corner.
Today, some websites offer information about Black Friday specials up to a month in advance.
These are usually either leaked by insiders or intentionally released by large retailers to give
consumers insight and allow them time to plan.
You can learn more about Black Friday and find exceptional Holiday Shopping Deals. For more
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