Black Friday. It has become a tradition all of its own among some families and groups of friends. The day following Thanksgiving that traditionally marked the start of the Christmas shopping season.
To lure customers retailers opened their doors before sunrise to offer promotional sales. As a result it has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005.
The name black Friday originated in Philadelphia. The same place home to the Liberty bell and cheese steaks. Black Friday was the term used to describe the disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would happen on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
It later morphed into a business explanation to indicate the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit or are "in the black."
For years, it was common for retailers to open at 6 a.m., but in the late 2000's many tried on "get a jump" on other stores and it was backed up an hour and then two.
This year several retailers have decided they will open on Thanksgiving day.