Sure, we saw the tell-tale signs of Christmas in stores right after Labor Day, and Christmas music began playing non-stop on at least one local radio station the day after Halloween, but the official start of the holiday shopping season is the day after Thanksgiving. And this will be a longer one, too — 32 days — the longest possible calendar stretch, because Thanksgiving arrives early this year (Nov. 22). This also means there will be five full weekends of shopping in the mix.
A Season for Cautious Spending
By Dan Dickson & Business Lexington • Nov 21, 2012