Husband and I were talking yesterday, wondering when this whole Black Friday business started and why they feel the need to call it that.
Black Monday was a bad day. In 1987, the stock market crashed and traders were throwing themselves out windows.
Black Tuesday was a similar bad day. In 1929, the stock market crashed and threw the country into the Great Depression.
Black Wednesday is supposedly the biggest teen binge-drinking day of the year.
1929 wasn't a good year for days, and it had a Black Thursday, too. Of course, with this year's overflow of Black Friday sales onto the day before, they're starting to refer to Thanksgiving night as Black Thursday, too.
And you may not know it - unless you're down under - but there's a Black Saturday, too. So named because of raging brush fires in Victoria in 2009, it was the worst day for wildfires in the nation's history.
Black Sunday was a fictional bad day. Terrorists plot to blow up the stadium where the Super Bowl is being held.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that all the other 'Black Days' are black because something bad happened. How could a day of shopping, spending, getting bargains, and generally being good little capitalists be bad?
Okay, sure, some people get crazy and make the experience bad. It seems like every year fights break out and someone gets hurt. Last year some woman got trampled to death by the crowd trying to get into a Walmart for extra bargains. That, my friends, would make any day dark.
But really, unless you choose to make today a bad day, it really shouldn't be 'black' for you. I think we should call it something else entirely. My husband suggested 'Good Friday' but that's already been taken. So how about we call this 'Best Friday' because for bargain hunters like me, it would be the best day of the year. (You know, if I like didn't hate crowds and totally avoid shopping on days like today.)
What do you think we should rename this day to? Why do you think they call it 'Black'? (And no cheating by asking Google the origin of the name. I'm looking for creative thoughts here.)