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Holiday Shopping Talk Already? Noooo!

But yes, and here's why—the holiday shopping season will start sooner this year than in most thanks to the calendar.

Some residents and businesses will start stringing up Christmas lights as soon as the Halloween decorations come down, but hardcore shoppers know when their dream season begins.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the accepted if unofficial start time of the Christmas rush. It's a huge day for retailers but only the first of a roughly month-long extravaganza.

And thanks to Abe Lincoln, who decreed Thanksgiving a national holiday, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed into law that it should fall on the fourth Thursday in November, and Pope Gregory XIII, who blessed the calendar we use by papal bull, 2012 has the longest possible shopping season.

To explain: Nov. 1 falls on a Thursday, the fourth Thursday and Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, couldn't fall any sooner. And that means there is more time—the most time any year can provide—for shoppers to shop and businesses to reap bounty.

Where do you do most of your holiday shopping? Lonely Vallco? Or, do you venture down Stevens Creek Boulevard to Valley Fair?

Robin November 02, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I try to have my shopping done by the end of Sept. Just have no desire to fight the cranky people at malls that all look the same. Some of the holiday markets are fun to pop in on (Lynbrook's craft fair is the 17th, and some of the churches have fairs). With USPS now picking up those 'anything you can send in this box for $11' containers, and UPS occasionally doing pick ups if scheduled in advance, we can skip the lines for mailing, too (or ship if we order things online). I'd really rather not have the holiday season deteriorate into 'gimme gimme,' when I can make it work out to be cookie-making and board-game-playing/puzzle time with family.
Crystal Tai November 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
In a way I prefer on-line shopping this time of year to avoid crowds.

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