Twas the night before Thanksgiving, as I surfed the channels on the television, looking forward to visiting with family and friends the next day.

I anticipated a relaxing evening, perhaps catching a rerun of an episode of Criminal Minds, Law & Order, or maybe even CSI.

My flannel jammies and some microwave popcorn seemed like the perfect recipe for a quiet evening of mindless entertainment.

But as I flipped through the channels, I had difficulty figuring out which shows were even available, so bombarded was I by a barrage of commercials for Black Friday. They were everywhere. Nary a channel could offer refuge from the early-morning-door-busting-savings-Black-Friday-mega-bargain claims.

Now, to clarify, I like to shop just as much as the next guy, perhaps more, and have even braved the early morning mayhem more than a few times over the years.

But this year was different. The ads seemed ... I don't know ... more intense and aggressive. While they claimed to be promoting the traditional busiest-shopping-day-of-the-year Black Friday event, in most cases, the sales were starting Thanksgiving evening -- in some cases sooner. As if Christmas weren't already the most commercial holiday on the planet, it was now steamrolling over Thanksgiving - totally eclipsing quality family togetherness and supplanting frenzied, early holiday shopping.

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