Black Friday diminishing Thanksgiving spirit?

Some think Black Friday is too much

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However, as early as the 19th century, shoppers have viewed Thanksgiving as the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, an occasion marked by celebrations and sales.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A national trend this Thanksgiving is creating a stir amongst consumers and employees.

Some are happy retail stores are opening early on Thanksgiving night. But many believe the spirit of Thanksgiving will be lost in the frenzy of all of these Thanksgiving night door buster deals.

There are some people out there skipping Thanksgiving all together, like the people that are already camping out at the Best Buy on the Northside.

"Everybody needs a job, but to me it's wrong, people need time with their families," Jim Doyle said of the new trend.

Jim Doyle is 100 percent against what's happening in retail stores across the country this Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, major chains like Walmart will open their doors at 10 p.m.

"I think people ought to be with their families, plenty of time, why can't we all get together and go shopping on a regular day," Doyle asked.

According to a recent study, more Americans will be working this holiday season than ever.

79 percent of Americans had Thanksgiving off just two years ago. Now that number is down to 72 percent.

It's a retail war of sorts at Target and even Best Buy, where employees will be ready to serve their customers at midnight.

Best Buy Manager Ryan Warshaw said, "I think this gives people the opportunity to do what they want, what works best for them. I'm a night owl so if i was going to go do it, i'd prefer midnight before five a.m."

On the other side of the coin, some workers welcome the opportunity to make more money any time they can.

"If folks want to work they should have the option to but personally i wouldn't take that chance," said shopper Eric Almond.

But consumers are concerned America's traditional Thanksgiving will become second fiddle to getting a good deal.

"You need to take some time off for family and just enjoy the holidays, as opposed to the over marketing of the season, and take some time out just to be a family," Warshaw said.

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