Gentlemen/women — start your engines!
Shopping engines, that is, for in all sincerity, the holiday rush/crush has begun its roar through December. Before the 12th month could even peek through the calendar, consumers were overwhelmed (I don't say that lightly) with advertisements and teasers for "Black Friday."
The name itself inspires me — not to shop — but to hide under the covers until whatever makes the day black goes away. A quick Google search reveals that the name originated in Philadelphia in 1966 as a way to describe the disruption caused by heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic that occurred on the day after Thanksgiving. The term stayed local until 1975, when retailers, hungry for a gimmick, adopted the name. An alternative explanation evolved at the same time (out of embarrassment?), that the day was one in which retailers turned a profit, or were "in the black."