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A Christmas shopper walks past a store advertising a holiday-related sale at a mall. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Stores Nationwide Begin Holiday Season Early Despite Negative Reaction

Why do stores try to rush into the holiday season, and why do we care?

11/01/2013