Black Friday Creep Stirs Up a Backlash
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Black Friday Creep Stirs Up a Backlash

You see it everywhere: Christmas candy on the shelves at Halloween time, holiday lights and decorations going up long before Thanksgiving turkeys hit the table. Christmas creep has been creeping for years, but with Black Friday sales now actually starting on Thanksgiving Day a backlash is growing against the commercialization of one of the last almost commerce-free days of the year. Guest host Sara Terry looks at what's behind the latest retail push, and who's fighting back. Also, Middle East rulers are seeking divergent paths to maintain power, and curiosity may have killed the cat, but it's heading to Mars on Saturday. NASA's newest rover is set to launch.

Banner image: Shoppers crowd a Best Buy store at dawn during Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving which commences the holiday gift-buying season on November 26, 2010 in Naples, Florida. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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target.jpgSo maybe you've gotten used to hearing Frosty the Snowman playing in stores before trick-or-treaters ever ring your doorbell, or you've even made a list of deals you want to score on Black Friday, traditionally the biggest retail day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving.  But this year, big stores may have crossed one retail line too many, with Black Friday mega-sales actually starting on Thanksgiving Day. Toys "R" Us and Walmart will be opening their doors at 9 and 10 pm, with several other big chains opening at midnight. The move into Thanksgiving Day itself appears to have pushed a button among consumers and retail employees, who are fighting back. What drives the Black Friday urge, consumers who want a deal, retailers who want to sell as much as possible, or a bit of both? Could this be the year the tide starts to turn against the commercialization of one of America's most beloved holidays?

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