Now that university students have returned from Thanksgiving break, not only have we seen that timeless holiday pass by but also another de facto holiday known
as the biggest shopping day of the year: Black Friday.

The name has its various stories of origin, but we all know it as roughly a 24-hour period where a great majority
of shopping outlets advertise and run massive sales and discounts along with other specials in an attempt to take advantage of the beckoning Christmas season where everyone and their mother search for gifts to give to...well, everyone and their mother.

A lot of people, as well as media outlets featuring those infamous video clips of stampedes and the like, have a negative light portrayed on Black Friday, but the way that all involved have changed the shopping spree for the better has been wonderful to see.

Starting with the opening hours of stores, some begin to have their sales

bleed into the wee hours of the morning, and that led to a majority of stores opening up on Thanksgiving afternoon and evening. This became somewhat of a problem as Thanksgiving has always been viewed as a day to be spent with family and loved ones, and retail workers being unable to fully do so had been disappointing.

Surveys said that 57 percent of Americans showed disdain to stores being open on Thanksgiving. So the businesses and corporations listened, and in 2018, more than 70 major stores remained closed on Thanksgiving.

Though there are many who may still think negatively of Black Friday, it has spawned a number of supportive and much more positive days of celebration surrounding the end of November.

Don’t want to go out in the cold to get deals? Wait for Cyber Monday deals to pop up on your laptop or cell phone (or check on Black Friday itself, and the same deals may already be there). Want to give

your money to your neighbors instead of corporations? Small Business Saturday, while technically observed on various Saturdays throughout the year, is most popular on the day following Black Friday and gives incentive to support the local mom-and-pop shops, somewhat of a dying breed in the U.S.

Love donating to charity and want
to help out the less fortunate? Giving Tuesday spawned $274 million in charitable donations in 2017, and Facebook has been a huge platform for moving donations over the past few years.

Or if you decide your money isn’t worth spending on any of these holidays, Buy Nothing Day has been around
since the ‘90s to combat the theory of overconsumption in the world.

While Black Friday always has its ups and downs, the shopping extravaganza has resulted in more positivity than you may think.

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