It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’re still stuffed with turkey and cranberry sauce. So what should you do? Go black friday shopping! Thousands of people all across America go black friday shopping. For some people black friday is vicious and stressful, while for others it’s fun and exciting. I, myself, find black friday fascinating. I walk into the store, see all the sales, and just don’t know where to start. However, my mother finds black friday tiring and long. She usually sits outside the dressing rooms, half asleep, while I am trying on clothes for hours at a time. But how long has black friday been a "special day"? Where does it originate from? Black friday actually goes back to the 1950s. The day after Thanksgiving people would rush to the stores to get a head start on their holiday shopping. So many people would call in sick to work and play hooky, that businesses just decided to make the day after Thanksgiving another paid holiday. The actual term black friday was first used when the Philadelphia Police Department used the name to describe the traffic jams and crowds of the stores. And ever since then, every friday after Thanksgiving has had jam-packed stores, and the sound of cars honking while they’re stuck in traffic.