Thanksgiving used to be a day where families and friends sat down together all day to give thanks for all the blessings they had. But now that time is being eaten away by holiday shopping.
That move toward shopping before Black Friday begins has sparked a fierce backlash from people who say "enough is enough," and that it's time to remember what the holidays are really all about.
A group of workers at the Whole Foods on Addison and Halsted is even threatening to strike so they can be with their families instead of spending time at work.
They plan to picket at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in protest. A Whole Foods manager told FOX 32 News on Tuesday that the grocery store is just trying to give shoppers an opportunity to pick up last minute items. The Lakeview location will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Macy's, Target, Kohl's, JC Penney are all opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Walmart and Best Buy will open at 6 p.m. Toys 'R Us will open at 5 p.m.
"I think it's too much," Ann told FOX 32 News. "I did go to Target last year, but I'm not planning on going to any stores this year on Thanksgiving Day. I think we need some days for family. I think Thanksgiving is the day."
Home Depot, Costco, Dillard's, Menards, Nordstrom, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, PetCo, Hobby Lobby, Ikea, Sam's Club and TJ Maxx have all pledged to stay closed on Thanksgiving.
"I have a friend who works in retail and they have to go to work on Thanksgiving," Ann said. "They are not joining us for dinner because of that."
But the issue is not as black and white as most people may think. Depending on a family's financial situation, purchasing necessities as well as Christmas presents for the kids at a major discount may be their saving grace – even if it means shopping on the holiday.
A Facebook page called "Save Thanksgiving" is encouraging people not to shop at any store that opens on the holiday.
The page asks people to take a pledge which reads, "For myself, for those I love, and those asked to give up their plans to serve me, I pledge to not shop on Thanksgiving Day."
The person behind it said if people want to stop stores from ruining the holidays, they need to stop shopping.
The site includes a "Naughty and Nice" list of who is open and who is not.
Where do you stand on the issue?