Shoppers wait in line to pay for their "Black Friday" purchases at the Target Store in Paradise Valley.
On Thursday Americans ate themselves silly celebrating Thanksgiving. Turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie the whole holiday feast. Before the meal many watched the Thanksgiving parades and after the meal it was football. And as soon as the football ended, many got into their cars and drove to the malls and big box stores for the annual tradition of Black Friday.
Black Friday is a peculiarly American tradition. It's the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season and supposedly the busiest shopping day of the year. But in truth, holiday shopping starts right after Halloween and the busiest shopping day of the year is usually the Saturday before Christmas Eve. Still excitement's in the air on Black Friday. Mall Santas are in abundance. The decorations are up and it's usually one of the first really cold days of the year, which in Phoenix means temperatures in the upper 40's.