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Nov 20, 2012 9:18 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY

Thanksgiving: Then and now

Whether you're busy basting a turkey or camping out for Black Friday, most people are getting ready for the holiday.

"Turkey and dressing and sweet potatoes," said Persis Floyd Tuesday. For this Central Coast woman, tradition runs deep.

"To me, it means being with my family," she said.

It's that classic time of year. We gather and gobble, but what was once a day to just give thanks in many ways isn't quite the same.

"It use to be that Thanksgiving day was its own holiday and you watched a parade, but you never had the push in the stores and the amount of commercialism like you have now," said Charles Stockstill.

Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Mobile Tuesday... what happened to "just" Thanksgiving?

"I think everything has changed. Attitudes and things have become commercial and in a way it is spoiling things," said Persis Floyd.

Thanksgiving tradition dates back to the 1600s, a celebratory feast lasting 3 days. Now some spend those days waiting in line.

"I have been out here since Nov. 14th," said Romeo Martinez, who was standing in-line at Best Buy. "This is tradition," he said.

"We do it because it fun and a good excuse to go camping in the middle of a city," he said.

"My family is thinking about bringing a barbecue pit out here," said Martinez.

But no parking lot barbeque for Persis, she'll stick with the classic ingredients.

"My first memories are of my father at the head of the table carving the turkey," she said.

Early shopping seems to be the theme this year, more people plan to shop between midnight and 3:00 a.m. on Black Friday.

The average holiday shopper is expected to spend $848 on gifts this year, according to Business Wire.

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