Our Turkey day was, as expected, a bit soft but not as bad as we've seen in past years. Friday should also be way down since everyone, at least in the bigger cities are busy outdoors running all around town for the advertised "Black Friday" store specials. I never participate and don't even read the newspaper ads, but I had to run to the corner drugstore for a couple items, and even THEY had all kinds of 1-day specials and people lined up at the checkouts. All nuts! Well, I DID get a discount on one item I was buying anyway that just happened to be on special and picked up another I didn't need while waiting in line just because it happend to be on 1/2 price sale.
I know, myself and spouse for one example, are doing our Xmas shopping well ahead of time and 90+% of it all online, so those of you in online retail ought to be happy. In fact I'd say I'm almost 75% finished already. No wasting gas, no braving the cold temps and catching germs from others, no crowded aisles or searching for non-existant store employees for help, no waiting in checkout lines, and even with shipping (often free) but usually no sales tax, it's usually as cheap or cheaper than the local stores. Now, if only we could get UPS to deliver more reliably.