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Speak Out: Is 'Black Friday' Taking Over Thanksgiving?

Forget about the day after Thanksgiving sales, some stores are cashing in on Black Friday sales beginning Thanksgiving day. Is family time being sacrificed for shopping? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

What happened to family gatherings at grandma's, watching The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and slipping into a tryptophan-induced coma in front of the nearest TV while watching a football game?

The retailers got a little greedier. This year, the holiday creep has begun.

Instead of enjoying a nap and nice chat with Aunt Mary, who only visits twice a year, you'll scarf down that plate of food in a frenzy to get to the nearest mall.

Thanksgiving has become another day to rake in sales. Last year, the National Retail Federation said that stores that opened earlier saw a significant boost in sales.

In 2011, the National Retail Federation released results from a shopping survey and found that 28.7 million people shopped online and at stores on Thanksgiving Day — up from 22.2 million in 2010. More people than ever before also shopped online and in stores on Black Friday, as 86.3 million shoppers braved the crowds that day alone, according to the results.

But one retail employee said she's had enough.

Casey St. Clair, a Target employee for six years, has started an online petition to stop Target from opening on Thanksgiving. So far, the petition has garned more than 200,000 and is starting to gain support from some Target investors. St. Clair said she would like to spend the day with family and to rest.

Have retailers taken Black Friday sales too far? Is the holiday creep ruining  your family gathering? Sound off in the comments section below.

Olga I. Packard November 22, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I'm for spending time with family, good friends, and yes, Aunt Mary who travels for hours each year to spend time with family. Thanksgiving Day should be celebrated as intended. Shopping can be done another day.
John A. Kauth November 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Exactly, good post. The stores can close for three days out 365 as they used to. Essential services excepted.
stanley seigler November 22, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Once upon a time companies had a moral sense as well as a corporate identity [John A. Kauth say] there was a time in sville's not too distance past, when businesses closed on sundays, half day on wed and on all holidays...and believe folks were happy then...but guess they are really, really, happy now...progress you know. shop, shop, til you drop tell st peter at the golden gate that you that to make him wait, but i really need mo stuff (borrowed fr 'gotta have another cigerette')
FugitiveSquirrel November 24, 2012 at 01:50 PM
So exactly what is at the stores on Thursday that will not be there on Friday? Having the opening times creep into Thursday is just wrong. Black Friday evolved from women wanting to get a head start on shopping the day after Thanksgiving, often going with family members that were around. It was almost a good thing, something enjoyable and informal for those that wanted to partake while the rest of us were home in our warm beds. Businesses (wanting to end the year 'in the black" rather than "in the red" offered teh incentives to start shopping early in the cold and dark. The corporations have now turned it into such a sad, sad display. I'm all for capitalism, but time that was granted to the working folks to spend with their families has been hijacked by corporations and that the media (like The Patch) have turned it into a blood-sport. That diminishes family and community ties and turns us into mindless, base creatures. Hardly the best way to start into the holiday season.
FugitiveSquirrel November 24, 2012 at 01:51 PM
How refreshing it would have been to see articles about how folks give back to their community, or service projects that youth do, or a piece on traditions and where they come from, on how and why to make special gifts rather than succumbing to the Buy More mentality, rather than chasing the "bargain" that bleeds your humanity dry. Essential services should be in force (with huge thanks to the folks who supply those service), but everyone else should be allowed to have one day in the year that they can have some breathing space and a moment to slow down and say Thank You.

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