Legend has it that Black Friday got its name back in 1961, when pedestrians and cars overcrowded the streets of Philadelphia in a rush to buy Christmas gifts the day after Thanksgiving. Several decades later, as the term gained popularity, this explanation was replaced by the one that still sticks today—Black Friday is the day of the year when retailers finally start generating profit, thus going from “being in the red” to “being in the black.” Get out your pocketbook and prepare to shell out some cash, because the Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year!
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How to Celebrate Black Friday
1. Create a new tradition
Establish an annual tradition with friends or family members. Whether it means waking each other up at 4:00 AM to hit the stores at 6:00, or staying home in your pajamas and eating Thanksgiving leftovers together, Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to start a new yearly practice.
2. Donate winter clothes to people in need
Don't want to shop on Black Friday? Gather up all the winter items you no longer use and deliver them to your local shelter or thrift store. With winter just around the corner, there are families who will be grateful to receive the extra help.
3. Throw a Thanksgiving leftover potluck
Half the fun of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Invite your friends or family over for Thanksgiving feast number two, and invite them to bring along their leftovers.
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Why We Love Black Friday
A. It's an integral part of the American experience
Participation in the Black Friday madness is a rite of passage for all Americans. Doorbusters, camping out in front of the store in the wee hours of the morning, long lines, shouting matches—they're are all a part of the American Black Friday experience.
B. It helps us bond and create traditions
For many Americans, Black Friday isn't so much about the shopping as the tradition of getting up before the sun rises and doing a fun activity together with friends or family members.
C. And yeah... the deals are pretty great
Black Friday may be the holiday we love to hate, but the deals are undeniably awesome. Even those of us who hate to shop are willing to step outside of our comfort zone on Black Friday, if it means we get that TV for 75% off.