This is Stephanie of IMS. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? It’s still early, but now that Halloween is over, stores in the U.S. have already pulled out their red and green decorations. Sales have already started, but many people decide to wait for the Friday after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday.
Black Friday is unofficially the start of the Christmas shopping season, but it seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Some stores were even open the day before on Thanksgiving, but this practice is controversial – store employees need time off on a holiday, too! When I worked as a barista before coming to Japan, my Black Friday work shift at the coffee shop started at 5 am in the morning, but the shopping mall had been open since 6 pm Thanksgiving night!
The origin of the name “Black Friday” is not entirely certain, but it’s widely believed to refer to the profit retailers made, that turned their financial losses (red numbers) into financial gains (black numbers). In recent years, however, more and more people are switching to online stores and shopping on Black Friday has gone down in popularity.
Although Japan doesn’t have Black Friday or an equivalent, maybe I can get my Christmas shopping done via Amazon, instead…