INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The race to the holiday season is in full gear now that Black Friday is here. Families around the country rushed out of the house in the wee hours of the morning, looking for bargains. One woman from outside Indianapolis says she knows she is crazy for waking her family up at 4:00 a.m. to go shopping.
Countless people have even been camped out for days ahead of store openings. Other stores did not even wait until Black Friday to start doling out deals. Many stayed open through Thanksgiving. In fact, all the shopping on Thanksgiving is stealing some of Black Friday's thunder.
Analysts project Black Friday will not be the biggest shopping day this year, like it has been for nine of the past ten years. That day will likely come the Saturday before Christmas.
Meanwhile in Ferguson, Missouri, Black Friday took on a different tone as small protests moved from store to store. Protestors chanted in defiance of a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.
But across the pond in England, any Americans on vacation likely felt right at home this Black Friday. Stores there are now offering special deals. Police at a store in Manchester even had to make two arrests during the sales rush, including one offender for assault.