(November 29, 2013) More than a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving Day and planned to stay open through Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season and as a result, crowds formed early and often throughout the two days.
This year, the season is transforming right before shoppers' eyes.
For nearly a decade, Black Friday was the official start to the busy buying binge between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but in the past few years, retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night.
Some including Macy's and J.C. Penney opened on Thanksgiving for the first time this year.
Others opened earlier on Thanksgiving than last year, and many pushed up the discounting that used to be reserved for Black Friday.