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Black Friday 2012 (LIVE UPDATES)

People crowd the aisles inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the 'Black Friday' shopping weekend.     AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
People crowd the aisles inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the 'Black Friday' shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

There are few traditions more emblematic of American consumerism than Black Friday -- the ritual start of the holiday season and one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

This time around, retailers seem particularly antsy for crowds to arrive. Stores like Walmart, Kmart, Target, Sears and Toys R Us are opening their doors to Black Friday shoppers on Thanksgiving Day -- a move that has been met with resistance from employees who have to work on the holiday.

We'll be providing live updates here with everything you need to know about Black Friday, from news and updates on the day's planned protests to information on where to find the best shopping deals.

We'd love to hear from you about your Black Friday experiences. Please email news tips and photos to money@huffingtonpost.com