Wishing you and your family a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving weekend.
Black Friday is coming to a close and there has been a mixed response as the annual frenzy of shoppers went to get their retail fix on what has become one of the biggest days for retailers.
“The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers. As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise. Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition.” (What’s the Real History of Black Friday?)
So what is the actual origin of Black Friday as we know it? I turned to History.com to try to shed more light on the origins of this holiday, that seems profoundly counterintuitive to some of the real challenges we face as a nation right now.
“The true story behind Black Friday, however, is not as sunny as retailers might have you believe. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Not only would Philly cops not be able to take the day off, but they would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic. Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache.” (What’s the Real History of Black Friday?)
In the wake of the recent controversial presidential election and a year of tumultuous events affecting so many people throughout the country, it can feel overwhelming to want to celebrate the simpler things in life…family, friendship, and love. But perhaps, more than ever, we should take the time for what matters most in life.
While many were trying to find the best bargain today, some were just trying to find some peace. And while others were fighting to stay awake, many were fighting for what is right. This is a gentle reminder of all the things that we do have to be thankful for this time of year. From a girl who still believes that the best things in life can’t be bought, wishing you a holiday season full of the finest things in life…which never go on sale, but are always priceless!
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