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2012 Calendar Offers the Longest Possible Holiday Shopping Season

Because Black Friday fell on Nov. 23 this year, shoppers can hit the streets for a full 31 days before Christmas.

Some folks start stringing up the 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.

 With Nov. 1 falling on Thursday, the fourth Thursday and Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, couldn't have fallen 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 prefer to do your holiday shopping? The mall? Specialty stores? Discount stores? Online? Tell us in the comment section below.

Pedram Mastour November 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Don't forget comparison shop online. I'm finding great savings without having to leave the office.
Al Einstein November 27, 2012 at 08:36 PM
In 1939 and 1940 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving back to the 3rd Thursday of November in order to help boost the economy. It was moved back to the 4th Thursday in 1941.

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