This isn't the first year I've thought this...it's been clear that as the deals have moved from 6am on Black Friday to midnight on Thanksgiving, to 6pm on Thanksgiving day that the diffusion of times was wearing away the singular "Black Friday" concept. Additionally, with the ever increasing ease of buying most gifts online, it's no secret that shopping in physical stores has been on the decline for years. Still, this is the first year that I walked away from Black Friday with nothing. Has the day finally disappeared?
Of course, I'm sure there's many counterexamples to my story, and I'm sure there's a dozen videos online of fights that happened over second-rate TVs at Wal-Mart. Still, it'll be disappointing if the day really is gone. Christmas was fun more than once a year.