Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holidays and Notable Events: Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving in the United States - the 4th Friday in November - has become the traditional starting date for the Christmas shopping season in the U.S. and Canada, marked by promotional sales by major retailers attracting throngs of eager
shoppers at early hours seeking the best deals before supplies run out.

The idea that Christmas shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving has been promoted by retailers and local communities for more than a century with parades like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York and the Toronto Santa Claus Parade that concluded with the appearance of Santa.
It was an unwritten rule among department stores that Christmas advertising would not begin until the parade was over.

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