[Shopping] Season Kick-off
The spirit of Thanksgiving Day is unique amongst holidays in the U.S. As our friend and long time rider, Greg, pointed out; Thanksgiving is the rare holiday that has not been overly commercialized. It has remained a day of humble reflection and gratitude as originally conceived.
But, that joyous celebration of grace and kinship comes to an abrupt halt not long after the dishes have been washed and put away. Beginning as early as midnight, eager shoppers across the United States huddle in long lines awaiting the unbelievable bargains that herald the start of the next holiday; Black Friday.
Black Friday is the shopping frenzy that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Some may decry this surge of consumerism as a sign of our times, but the two have been tied together nearly since the beginning. Thanksgiving has been officially observed in the United States every year since 1863. In the middle of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November be set aside for Thanksgiving. Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the celebration to the next-to-last Thursday during the Great Depression (1939) to allow merchants an extra week of sales before Christmas. Merchants, many of whom operate at a loss (in the ‘Red’) for most of the year, hope that the enormous increase in business brought on by the official start of the Christmas shopping season will put their coffers in the ‘Black.’
Happy Shopping, folks!