Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

So, according to Wikipedia...

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Since Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday may be as early as the 23rd and as late as the 29th of November. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many employers give the day off, allowing consumers to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open very early (typically 5am) and offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores. Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the 1970s. "Black Friday" was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day, although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

The news media frequently refer to Black Friday as the busiest retail shopping day of the year, but this is not always accurate. While it has been one of the busiest days in terms of customer traffic,[1][2] in terms of actual sales volume, from 1993 through 2001 Black Friday was usually the fifth to tenth busiest day.[3] In 2002 and 2004, however, Black Friday ranked second place.[4] The busiest retail shopping day of the year in the United States (in terms of both sales and customer traffic) usually has been the Saturday before Christmas.[5] In 2003 and 2005, however, Black Friday actually did reach first place.[6]

Now, we don't have this in Canada since we have our Thanksgiving in October, but I can assure you that I've talked to a lot of Canadians who are going down. I have absolutely no desire to go and stand in line for hours after being at the border for ages. I don't even shop here on Boxing Day!!

There's nothing too crazy going on here today. It's a cold one out there with it still being -1! I'm not exactly rushing outside with the kids even if it is sunny! I think it's supposed to get up to about 6 degrees today. Nice to see the sun though.

I think Sophia's cold seems better and so far, it doesn't seem as if she's passed it on. She seems to have taken quite a liking to Kyle's hat these days and puts in on numerous times a day and finds his Diego backpack. She gets all ready and than says "Bye" over and over again as she walks down the hallway! She's been in a much better mood this morning and her and Nathan have been climbing all over the small ball house that we have!

I'm hoping to do a little more scrapping at nap time this afternoon and maybe this evening. I have cards to make and a Christmas present to work on as well, so there's no shortage of things to do - as usual!

Have a great day everyone whether you're shopping or not!


Janet said...

Way to cute!!

Joƫlle said...

I don't get it either - but then I'm not a shopper.

The pictures of Sophia are cute. She is adorable.

Have a great weekend, Colleen!