Thanksgiving quickly approaches - we have a less than a week left to brine that bird and expand our stomachs, a tradition that many of us hold near and dear to our hearts. Another American tradition? Saving up our paychecks to spend on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
Post-Thanksgiving sales have occurred since before it was deemed "Black Friday." In 1939, the nation's retailers requested that President Franklin D. Roosevelt move Thanksgiving day. That year, Thanksgiving fell on the last day of November, giving shoppers little time for their holiday shopping. Roosevelt acquiesced, and moved up the holiday to to November 23rd, giving retailers the opportunity to let the holiday sales loose on consumers a week early.
Thanksgiving is something most of us associate with happiness and relaxation. It is a time for gathering with family and friends, enjoying an abundance of great food, doing a little traveling, and for many it is a four-day weekend to boot.
But it is also a time of panic and fear for many, an event that prompts an estimated 10,000 people to call the Butterball Turkey Hotline.
Thanksgiving is two weeks away but the Butterball Turkey Hotline has been open for ten days.
The air is getting cooler, the trees are barren and ready to take on the months of ice and snow, and Thanksgiving is upon us. Thanksgiving is a holiday that many of us look forward to - whether it's spending time with our loved ones, stuffing our faces with turkey and sides, or washing it all down with a slice of pumpkin pie (and of course, football and Black Friday).