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.