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By Betty Vanderwielen

How did the Friday after Thanksgiving become black?


November 29, 2018

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Shoppers flood into malls across the country on Black Friday.

SEELEY LAKE – Thanksgiving was once a full, laid-back day of families gathering to visit and feast at a giant potluck. Today, Thanksgiving has to share time with football games and pre-mature Black Friday shopping. But how did the day after Thanksgiving get such a black name?

It is not called black because it encroaches on the Thursday holiday. Nor is it true the name refers to windfall merchandise sales which supposedly marked when stores stopped operating at a loss ("in the red") and finally began making a profit ("in the black").

Even less true is the 2014 rumor that the name commemo...

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