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Black Friday? Maybe it should be Black Thursday

Thanksgiving is getting to be the Rodney Dangerfield of holidays.

It just gets less and less respect.

Halloween decorations have hardly been put away when stores start putting up their Christmas decor.

Now Black Friday sales, which have gotten earlier and earlier in the past few years, will kick off at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at such stores as Sears, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. That’s an hour earlier than last year.

And, with two exceptions, all the merchants at Spotsylvania Towne Centre will open at midnight this year. While Sears is opting for an early opening, JCPenney will wait until 6 a.m. Black Friday to let its sales begin. Last year only a handful of stores at the mall were open at midnight.

So shoppers have a choice. Do they linger over that last piece of pumpkin pie and visit with family and friends, or do they bundle up—temperatures are expected to drop to 37 degrees the night of Nov. 22—and prepare to stand in line before it’s even gotten dark?

What do you plan to do? I’d love to know your answers to the following two questions by noon on Nov. 21. The answers will appear in an article in The Free Lance-Star on Thanksgiving Day.