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Christmas shopping starts in earnest after Thanksgiving

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The busiest shopping day of the year has come and gone with big crowds turning out Friday morning to the stores at Opry Mills, Rivergate, Cool Springs, Nashville West and the Mall at Green Hills.

"Lines were crazy, but we had a little system going. We had a friend stand in line while we shopped and we switched out," said shopper Lauren Watt.

Some shoppers were so anxious police were called to the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Cool Springs after customers tried to push open the front doors open.

Big box stores across the state took on droves of shoppers.

"I was in Spring Hill over at the Walmart, and a lot of the moms were going crazy over the games because they were cheaper last night. They would crawl over the floor and get trampled. It was one of the worst Black Friday's I've ever seen," said shopper Benjamin Hensley.

But, overall, Nashville shoppers say it's been calm.

"We haven't had any problems at all. We got a great parking spot, and it's just typical Black Friday here as far as we're concerned. This is where we come every year and we love it," said shopper Tammy Akers.

And, with all the deals, they'd do it all over again.

"I like saving money," Watt said.

Some folks also took advantage of the mild afternoon on this Friday after Thanksgiving to get their homes decked out for the next big holiday.

Plenty of people filed into a Christmas tree lot on White Bridge Road in search for their family's symbol of the season.

"I like the shorter, the medium-length needle, and they seem to have a really nice shape to them," said tree customer Patrick Lynn. "We don't want it too big. But we want it big enough to be seen from the street."

Mathematically, this year's break between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the shortest possible. Dec. 25 is now only about three and a half weeks away.

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