Black Friday shoppers gather at the Acadiana Mall

Black Friday shoppers gather at the Acadiana Mall

"The lines weren't as big as I anticipated, and nowadays, people are going online to buy things on Black Friday", she said.

Some say Thanksgiving deserves it's day, cautioning others to enjoy the holiday before putting the tree up and jumping into Christmas.

News 12's Nina Kapur visited the Connecticut Post Mall to see what kind of deals shoppers found.

Black Friday shopping is no joke at the Acadiana Mall.

Despite a drop in brick and mortar stores around the country, shoppers here at the Millcreek Mall say the best deals are still on Black Friday. Stores in New Hampshire are allowed to open for Black Friday the night of Thanksgiving, unlike stores in the Bay State.

"And it's going to get better", he said: 800 tickets had been sold for Friday night's performance by Moriah Formica, the teen musician fresh off a strong run on "The Voice."

"I was just waiting on her so we could shop's not too crowded".

As the hour grew later, more shops joined the fun, welcoming people worn out from watching the Los Angeles Chargers manhandle the Dallas Cowboys, "The Godfather" marathon on AMC, or the roll of dice during family game time following the post-feast napathon.

Why did you choose Woodfield Mall?

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Then there's the cultural draw of Black Friday.

"Last year we broke a record and we're on pace to break another record today, so really excited", said Yaun.

But it's more than just the shopping experience that retailers keep in mind.

"I had to work about 5:30 (a.m.) this morning before I got out", said Autumn Frazier, who was out shopping with her mother, Kristy. On Thanksgiving Day, shoppers across the nation spent more than $2.87 billion online, according to Adobe Analytics.

"Oh, yea. I'm the workhorse", he said, picking up the shopping bags again.

Gina Konderla started shopping at 10 a.m. Friday with multiple family members, including her 84-year-old mother.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are the busiest days of the year for retail. Though Robles admitted he and another friend who was sleeping in the vehicle thought it'd open much earlier, they were still determined.

Valerie Bohannon, a political science sophomore, arrived at the mall at 5 a.m.

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