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Christmas just ate my Thanksgiving !!

Black Friday is here & Cyber Monday is looming. Brave are the women who battle the crowds on Black Friday rather than searching on line for the cyber deals. This year the shorter retail cycle leading up to Christmas has helped to fuel the "Black Friday creep" into "Grey Thursday".

This in turn has fueled petitions  on Change.org this year challenging what's known as the "Black Friday creep" into one of the busiest shopping days of the year. While most of the petitions target retailers, other petitions target malls and shopping centers on behalf of retail employees as well as maintenance and security workers who also have to report to work on holidays.

Consumers began rallying earlier this year. You've probably seen the evidence on Facebook, with friends pledging to "Say No To Shopping on Thanksgiving" through badges on their walls and in profile pictures starting in October. The Facebook group responsible for the badges launched in mid-October, earning more than 40,000 likes in less than a month.

Motivations tend to intersect around fighting "corporate greed" and "reclaiming Thanksgiving" for families. Posts on the page refer back to the "good old days" when stores were closed on Thanksgiving and holiday shopping sales didn't start until after Thanksgiving.

Many feel that retailers are trying to bypass Thanksgiving, extending Christmas back because that's the mercantile holiday with Christmas decorations and holiday sales that start well before Thanksgiving has even begun.

The reality though, is that with the National Retail Foundation expecting shoppers to spend $602.1 billion in November and December, a 3.9% increase from last year's holiday shopping season , turkey day leftovers are going to continue to disappear fast.


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