11/28/2014 05:35 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These Photos Show The Sad Reality Of What Thanksgiving Has Become

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Thought Thanksgiving was about coming together with family and being grateful for what you have? Think again. It seems the holiday is becoming more about shopping.

With more and more retailers choosing to open their doors for holiday shopping on Thursday rather than wait till Black Friday, frenzied shoppers were a common Thanksgiving scene along with turkey dinners this year. Those eager to steal the best deals ventured from their homes to major big box retailers like Walmart and Target.

Here's a look at how it all went down:

The scene at Macy's Thursday evening.

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Meanwhile, things were just as hectic at this Walmart.

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Not to mention this one.

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It was mayhem at this Target.

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At another Target, the line wrapped around the block.

Here we go out #blackfriday #consumerism #whereslifesizeelsa

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The same thing happened at this mall Thursday.

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And at this Kohl's.

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At this Best Buy, store clerks struggled to keep up with the stream of customers.

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The view outside another Best Buy store.

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Not everyone enjoyed the new holiday tradition.

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This video captures the mayhem.

This is so crazy!!!! #blackfriday #happythanksgiving

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