Today I walked into a transformed Starbucks and was notified by the red and green decor that the holiday season has begun.

Tinsel lines the counters. Signs advertise gingerbread lattes and mint mochas as must-have beverages. I’m greeted at the register by a cheerful woman wearing a Santa hat. Whoa. Aren’t we skipping a holiday, namely Black Friday?

I'll give you the same 411 I gave last year. Normally, you have to wait until Thanksgiving to see the ads for Black Friday, but some daring Internet sites are give us the goods beforehand (to some legal scrutiny). Go to, and to see the Black Friday ads for all major retail outlets. (Somewhere in Montana, Scott is drooling uncontrollably.)