by Cindy Regnier
I’m feeling very blessed to be the blogger on this special holiday for 2020. We all know it’s been a tough year for our country, but dig a little deeper and find the blessings. They are most certainly there and a grateful heart just might be the beginning of change for the better. For now, while you’re enjoying the wonderful aromas and happy laughter of friends and family, let’s think for a moment about tomorrow. Just what is Black Friday and how did it start?
The first use of the term “Black Friday” in our country was not about holiday shopping but a common reference to the stock market crash in 1869. That’s 1869, not 1929. Until I started digging into it, I don’t think I even knew a stock market existed back then, let alone such a thing as a crash. Specifically, it wasn’t actually stocks as we think of them today that crashed but the U.S. gold market. Two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers. Just for the record, the 1929 stock market crash actually spawned the terms Black Thursday and Black Monday, not Black Friday, but that’s another blog.
Black Friday came into common use once more in the 1950s when Philadelphia police used the term to describe the chaos of the day after Thanksgiving when hordes of people flooded the city in anticipation of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Philly cops had to work extra-long shifts instead of enjoying time with their families over the holiday. And you thought the football games were part of Thursday’s tradition…
And finally, our present day reference to the biggest shopping day of the year was coined by retailers. Supposedly, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers spent so much on discounted merchandise. Stores started opening earlier and earlier on that Friday, and now the most dedicated shoppers can head out right after their Thanksgiving meal. Recently, other “retail holidays” such as Small Business Saturday/Sunday and Cyber Monday have come into being.
So, will you be joining the throngs of shoppers storming the malls tomorrow looking for bargains? Maybe you’ll spend the day relaxing and enjoying your family. However, if you work in retail you might very possibly be exhausted by the end of the day! Whatever your plans, I leave you with this final thought. “Only one Black Friday offers eternal savings and it didn’t happen in November.”
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