Obviously this question applies for folks living in America, but for those outside of the USA, 'Black Friday' is the Friday after Thanksgiving Day (which is always on a Thursday) and marks the first day of the Christmas gift shopping. AFAIK, the name 'Black Friday' stems from the fact that companies offer great deals in order to make big profits i.e. operating 'in the black' as opposed to the 'red', which indicates financial loss. However, in recent years, Black Friday has been extended to include Thanksgiving night. The whole thing is pretty obnoxious, really; Retailers begin pumping out Christmas music at least a week before Thanksgiving, with some even putting up Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations and the general public is inundated with TV commercials and other advertisements non-stop.
Now, I'm not talking about emergency/medical business but non-emergency businesses. Having worked in retail for over twenty years, I haven't been able to justify shopping for anything on Thanksgiving Day. I make a list of all food stuffs I'm gonna need for cooking just so I don't have the need to go to the grocery store and I make sure my car has enough gas to get me where I'm going. I'm thankful to have a job, and I'm thankful that others have jobs as well.
My concern is that, as a country, the emphasis on profits has gotten to the point where families can't even have one day to themselves.
But that's just me. I want to get y'alls opinions on shopping on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.