The carved grins had yet to wither on the pumpkins before "Silver Bells" was heard at malls around the country. Merchants rushed to capture every precious minute of holiday shopping that officially starts on Black Friday, Nov. 31. So what happened to Thanksgiving? Granted the economic indicators are dismal for holiday sales this year, let alone the consumer's general disposition to spend money. It's the consumer's mood that is being ignored by many merchants. There is no excuse to rush ...

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