It began as an American Tradition. The Friday after the fourth Thursday in November, (in the US that Thursday was known as Thanksgiving), was the start of the Christmas shopping season. But since October, I have seen Christmas advertising on television. The malls have been decorated for weeks now. So the Christmas shopping season no longer revolves around Thanksgiving. Now the Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Super sales exist on that day and malls in the US open very early that day to entice shoppers to buy. Added to Black Friday, for the past decade or so, the Monday after American Thanksgiving has become Cyber Monday where on line deals entice consumers to buy. With Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to be thankful for what we have. Yet on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are told that we need to buy, buy, buy.