The holiday season is in full swing. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the calender has flipped over to December. Have you done any holiday shopping, yet?

Last year I went out in the middle of the night for my first-ever Black Friday shopping trip. I decided I wouldn't do it again. However, somehow I ended up shopping on Black Friday again this year, but not during insane, pre-dawn hours. We started around 9:30 in the morning. There were still some pretty good deals to be had, but here's the crazy thing: I only bought one present. And it wasn't even something that was on sale. Apparently I'm not very good at Black Friday!

Did you go Black Friday shopping? How about Small Business Saturday? Or maybe you're ordering during Cyber Monday? What kinds of bargains have you found? Shopping for Christmas presents can at times be pretty stressful, so we wish you the best of luck for 2013. We also hope Santa brings you everything you're asking for.

To make your Christmas even merrier, we've got a couple of contests going on that you should make sure to register for. Registration is open for Help for the Holidays. Every weekday from December 9 - 20, we're giving away a $100 Quincy Mall gift card! You'll also want to make sure to sign for Santa's Sleigh Giveaway. One grand-prize winner will get to choose a prize valued at $1,500, from sponsors like Slumberland, Rustic Oak Grill & Pub, Sears Hometown Store, or the Quincy Mall!

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