(WTVM) - Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and with it, the ritual shopping binge that follows known as Black Friday.
It's called Black Friday because for some retailers, that day's shopping receipts can put them "in the black" for the entire year.
This year, more and more stores won't wait for Friday.
Some call it "Black Friday Creep" as the opening times for major stores like K-Mart, Sears, Macy's, Walmart, Best Buy and Kohl's get earlier every year, creeping into Thanksgiving Day.
Publix, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Home Depot, Lowe's and Sam's Club will not take part, preferring to honor what's left of the Thanksgiving tradition as a time for family togetherness.
We're very pro-business and we want every business to succeed, not just on Black Friday, but every day of the year.
There's no doubt you can get outrageous deals by shopping early – but we think work-life balance is important, too.
If you believe in saving Thanksgiving Day from shopping, you can always vote with your wallet and wait until Black Friday.
Discounts are great, but family time is priceless.
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