That means even more shopping when we could be spending the holidays with people we enjoy.
Luckily, there's a rich opportunity for humor amid the chaos. These five send-ups make room for us to laugh at the absurdity.
1. Saturday Night Live: Mega-Mart commercial parody
2. Louie: Christmas Day Toy Doll Fiasco
3. Seinfeld: Festivus
4. Funny or Die: Black Friday Thanksgiving
5. South Park: Black Friday Mall Cops
Erin Sagen wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Erin is assistant web editor at YES! Follow her on Twitter at @erin_sagen.