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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? Downtown Campbell? The Pruneyard? Maybe Kirkwood Plaza? Or, do you venture down Stevens Creek Boulevard to Valley Fair?

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