Many waited in line for special deals instead of special meals

Many holiday shoppers scrapped Thanksgiving day dinner altogether in order to get their hands on deeply discounted toys and electronics this holiday season.{}

The "Brown Thursday" shoppers waited patiently outside of stores like Best Buy and Toys R' Us.{} The shoppers we spoke with said they were purchasing gifts for loved ones, many of them children.

Many noticed that the lines outside of the stores were shorter than expected.

Some companies, like Von Maur, are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Officials say they want their employees to spend the holidays with their families and not at work.