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EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Retailers normally kick off their Christmas promotions on Black Friday or Thanksgiving.

Not this year.

The end of the year shopping season is well underway with several stores already offering online deals on thousands of items. For several weeks many Mid-South stores have stocked their shelves with colorful garlands, lights, trees, and other holiday items.

Many shoppers already started hitting the aisles in search of the perfect gift. Even though we are more than a month away from Christmas are shoppers ready to shop even on Thanksgiving Day?

"It's a family day, doesn't intrigue me that much."

"I'm not going to be shopping on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday."

"Probably not, I'm one of those that's a last minute shopper."

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Chasiti Jones, on the other hand, is all ready for Black Friday deals.

"We've already started getting ready for Black Friday," Jones said. "We've ordered Black Friday team t-shirts. We've already mapped out the early sales and the ads that have come out to our e-mails. We're ready."

Hmm, understatement? Jones and her family say shopping is serious business and there no such thing as too early in her family.

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"We start Thanksgiving dinner around 12 o'clock so we can get ready and start shopping," she said. "We'll leave the house probably around 2-3 o'clock to stand in line at Walmart, get tickets at Target, Best Buy. We're ready."

She's not alone. A recent report shows 53-percent of shoppers have already started buying holiday gifts.

"You're going to go here and stand in, you're going to go to this store," Jones said. "We'll go to this store, we'll pick you up here, we'll drop stuff off at the house. We're all pretty much ready for the shopping experience."

If you're wondering why Thanksgiving feels early this year, you can thank President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1939 he pushed the holiday back a week, after retailers complained the Great Depression was having a serious effect on holiday sales. So it was pushed back, giving us more time to shop.

"I'm actually happy that they're opening kind of early which means we'll probably be out until 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, probably 2-3 o'clock Thanksgiving afternoon till about 11 Saturday morning," Jones said.

So look here Kris Kringle. Tell your elves to get cracking! Some folks are ready to give thanks by shopping early.

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