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A late Thanksgiving this year means there are five fewer shopping days and one less weekend between Black Friday and Christmas than last year. In fact, 2019 has the shortest holiday season since 2013. That year, retailers front-loaded the holiday by starting promotions in early November, opened stores on Thanksgiving for the first time ever, kept brick-and-mortar stores open 24 hours the weekend before Christmas and launched online Black Friday deals on Monday and Tuesday.