Black Friday

Today in America it’s all about shopping.

b5tr9uvigaaduqgThe Friday after Thanksgiving, is the start of the Christmas shopping season in the United States.  Some say the reason it’s called Black Friday is because this is the day retailers in the USA start to turn a profit for the year.  All I know is that if I was made to go shopping to Macy’s, JC Penney, Saks, Sears, or Wal-Mart, or anywhere else come to that, at some unearthly hour the day after Thanksgiving, then I’d be in a pretty black mood by the close of play.  Most manly men don’t go for the frenzy of naked consumerism and implausible bargains on offer today.

dscf0015Even though we don’t have Thanksgiving in England, most retail outlets here are trying to introduce the idea of ‘Black Friday Shopping’ to the English.  Like most things which cross the Atlantic from West to East, (American cars, American Halloween, American humor, American Presidents), the materialism of Black Friday doesn’t really work well here.

For a start, unlike a lot of people in a lot of US states, nobody here has today as vacation, so we don’t have to find something to do with our time.  Secondly, we English are a cynical and untrusting lot, and generally think the Black Friday hype is just an attempt by retailers to increase sales volume while at the same time offloading all the crap they can’t sell at any other time of the year.  (Black Friday ‘deals’ are almost inevitably at the rip-off end of the spectrum.) On top of that, November really is a little too early to be the start of the ‘Christmas Season’.

PyewacketAnd, what the average American may not know is that we English have had our very own Black Friday for centuries.  In England Black Friday is any Friday the 13th, and that is a day on which bad things happen.  Nothing good ever happens on any Friday 13th, and it’s become a day to be dreaded; ladders, mirrors, and black cats especially.  There’s even a name for the fear of Friday 13th paraskevidekatriaphobia.

I’m pretty certain that a lot of American men also dread their very own version of Black Friday.   This is a time when all good men really need their urban survival skills.  They could always say they can’t go shopping because they suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia.  Maybe not, it’s a very long word.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

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9 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    I was planning to write a post about Black Friday. But then I came across this … my blogger-friend Jack from across the pond (UK) wrote this one, and I found it both humorous and insightful in how some of our Brit friends view our customs and idiosyncrasies, so I decided to share this instead of writing one. Please take a minute to read Jack’s post and drop him a comment with your thoughts! Thank you, Jack, for permission to share your humour!

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  2. I love this post, Jack! You made me laugh! Mind if I re-blog? And for the record, I do NOT do Black Friday shopping! Actually, I hate all shopping, so I ‘let my fingers do the walking’ and do 95% of all shopping online! Today, I stay warm and toasty at home, reading, writing, and whatever else strikes my fancy! 😀

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    1. Glad I made you laugh Jill. Of course you can re-blog this. And the idea of visiting a busy mall…. no chance. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. I think BF is silly. I did it once, 10 yrs ago. God awful experience. It was a “bait & switch” and I said “never again.” Yes I think that if a person starts price comparing early and if BF provides a super great discount then yes by all means go for it. Otherwise forget it. Traditionally it’s the day for setting up the Christmas tree, visiting with family & shopping. Then the first of the year everything goes back into storage until next year. I know in England most wait until after the Epiphany to take everything down. Now this BF I do need to go to the grocery store & im dreading that 😳

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    1. In England November is far too early to set up the Christmas tree, some even wait until Christmas Eve before getting out the decorations and dressing the tree. Boxing Day, (the day after Christmas Day), is the day to visit the extended family, or go shopping. The Christmas tree stays up until after 12th Night here.

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  4. where i live Black Friday isnt as bad as the states! thank goodness! My town has really horrible shopping. We have a walmart, but it sucks. thats why everyone tries to go to the big cities, or takes advantage of Cyber Monday.
    I really feel sorry for retail on friday. its so horrible. how customers treat retail. i wouldnt want to be the person working that day.
    i am lucky i am not working tomorrow. Yea.

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    1. It’s horrible working in retail on days like today. Shoppers can be brutally rude at times. The biggest shipping days in England are December 23rd and January 1st ~ sensible people just don’t go there. ❤

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      1. I think the biggest shopping day is Boxing Day. Oh and Christmas Eve.
        On news year day everyone is too hung over to shop.

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