When I first moved to America, I remember hearing everyone talk about Thanksgiving and Black Friday and not knowing what it was. I realized that Thanksgiving was an annual holiday, that began as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year. It is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. The following day is what is called “Black Friday” which is an informal name for the Friday that is after Thanksgiving. This day started out as the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season since 1952.  Stores open very early, such as midnight, and offer highly promoted sales. These sales are only available during that day, or sometimes for the weekend. It is known as the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. People take advantage of these deals to get Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

The tremendous downside to all of this, is that there is a much higher number of theft that goes on during this time. There are so many people shopping, shoulder to shoulder, which makes it much easier for thieves to get away with stealing items. Not only theft of items in stores, but also personal items theft. There has been so many stories of customers claiming they got their purse stolen out of their carriage. If you plan on going out on Black Friday, make sure you are really watching all of your personal belongings and not putting them down anywhere.

The good thing about going out on Black Friday, is being able to walk off all the turkey we eat the day before, as well as being able to people watch. (haha).

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

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