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Holiday shopping debate: Are retailers opening too early?

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Holiday shopping will start earlier than ever this year.

For decades, the festivities -- or frenzy -- depending on your perspective, started the day after Thanksgiving. More recently, stores have opened on Thanksgiving itself and that trend is steepening.

Macy's, Kohl's and J.C. Penney will all, for the first time, open on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m.

K-Mart is doing something much more drastic. They will open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay open all day. In the past, the store closed for a few hours in the afternoon to give workers a break, but they won't be doing that this year.

Many people have said Black Friday was fine, but Thanksgiving Day is just too much and is an intrusion on the holiday.

Last year, a worker at Target started calling on Target not to open on Thanksgiving so she could enjoy the holiday. The petition received over 300,000 signatures, but she still lost the fight. Target will be open on Thanksgiving again this year.

"Everyone deserves even just one day to relax, unwind, and enjoy the good things in their life," the woman behind the petition says. "It's ironic that people claim thanks before going out to act like animals to get their greedy hands on an iPod that will be outdated in six months anyway."

Has it all gone too far?

Trae Bodge of RetailMeNot.com, a digital coupon website, joins FOX 32 to share her thoughts on the topic.

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