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Thanksgiving. The turkey. The stuffing. The warm, welcoming love of your family as you surround each other and give thanks for everything you have. Oh, and the shopping too. Wait. Isn’t this supposed to be a holiday about thankfulness, and not about where you can get a new mattress for 60% off or the latest TV for one-third off the price that it normally is? If you’ve noticed that a growing number of stores are starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Thursday, you’re not alone. And plenty of people (shoppers and employees) don’t like it.

In response to this, some retailers are staying closed on Thanksgiving Day. Yep, that’s right. Those amazingly awesome deals are going to have to wait until Friday — giving employees a full day off. So instead of heading out to the mall, you may just need to stay home with your family. Yay!

Which stores are waiting until Black Friday to open? There’s a growing list of stores that have full Thanksgiving closings, including Costco, H&M, DSW, IKEA, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Petco, PetSmart, Staples, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Publix, Party City, Burlington, Crate and Barrel, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Mattress Firm, Pier 1 Imports, Neiman Marcus and Office Depot/Office Max. Of course, this list is growing and changing. Check with your favorite retailers before heading out to shop them on Thanksgiving Thursday.

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