Over the last week or so I have had countless emails announcing Black Friday deals from online retailers. I’d never heard of the concept of a Black Friday so went in search of an answer.
It seems that Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It is said to refer to the day that retailers start going into profit - or the black in accounting speak.
Many US retailers open very early on "Black Friday", often at 5am, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. Although this year, with consumer cutting back struggling retailers have been offering 'Black Friday' deal for weeks and some stores even opened late on Thanksgiving Day to get a jump on rivals.
I might have know it was American in origin – it seems that most things I don’t understand are.
PS When we first came here, Christmas didn't start until the beginning of December. I’ve noticed that, year by year, it is creeping further forward and gaining in importance which could spell doom for the Three Kings who don’t appear until the 6th January.