Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Black Friday Topic

For the last couple of days, I've been watching and reading over the "Black-Friday" feelings.  A number of folks are upset about this deal of pushing "Black-Friday" over into Thanksgiving day....thinking it's a terrible thing.  Some unions are upset that you've started to demand employees show up in the middle of Thanksgiving evening or at 3AM on Friday morning.  Then you have the traditional folks who talk up the terrible misuse of this wonderful American holiday.

You have to have some grasp of American history to understand where this leads to.  Thanksgiving really wasn't much of an American thing until 1863....in the midst of the Civil War....that the President simply used executive power and did a proclamation.  You have to wonder if this was a easily accepted by the public or just some free deal that the President was passing down.

For the next seventy-odd years, it stood as a proclamation, and nothing more.  Somewhere at the end of the FDR-era....in 1941, the House and the Senate got into this and made it a national holiday.  For most of the next forty years....Friday was a regular work-day and no one ever said much about it.

To be honest, it's not a long and honored American tradition.  And "Black-Friday" isn't exactly a long developed trend.

I'm guessing that some city councils will eventually get involved and force all stores to stay closed until early on Friday morning.  The funny thing is that stores are now basing their success for the entire year....on this one twenty-four to thirty-six hour period.  If Lincoln or FDR had understood this game....they might have done it totally different.

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