The 'Christmas Creep', the time of the year we start seeing signs of Christmas, gets earlier and earlier every year. You can start seeing Christmas items on store shelves sometimes as early as mid-summer. You know, that small corner in the back of the store that you see in late July that just keeps expanding out like 'The Blob'. The traditional start to the Christmas shopping season is the Friday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, when all the stores open before dawn to huge crowds of crazies who think they are getting great deals.

This year we know that J.C. Penney, Macy's and now Kohl's will be opening on Thanksgiving night. Last year Target, K-Mart and Wal-Mart were some of the bigger retailers to open at some point on Thanksgiving. No word on what those retailers plan to do this year, but with Kohl's, J.C. Penney and Macy's opening on Thanksgiving, that puts a lot of pressure on other major retailers to do the same thing to get their share of the crowds.

It is almost comical how early all of this gets started and how everyone is trying to beat everybody else to the punch. One fact is certain, the 'black' in Black Friday is accurate because by all accounts, Black Friday is dead. What do you think?

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